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Not Quite Paradise

by Adele Barker

A chronicle of life on the resplendent island, combining the immediacy of memoir with the vividness of travelogue and reportage Adele Barker and her son, Noah, settled into the central highlands of Sri Lanka for an eighteen-month sojourn, immersing themselves in the customs, cultures, and landscapes of the island--its elephants, birds, and monkeys; its hot curries and sweet mangoes; the cacophony of its markets; the resonant evening chants from its temples. They hear stories of the island's colorful past and its twenty-five-year civil war between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil Tigers. When, having returned home to Tucson, Barker awakes on December 26, 2004, to see televised images of the island's southern shore disappearing into the ocean, she decides she must go back. Traveling from the southernmost coasts to the farthest outposts of the Tamil north, she witnesses the ravages of the tsunami that killed forty-eight thousand Sri Lankans in the space of twenty minutes, and reports from the ground on the triumphs and failures of relief efforts. Combining the immediacy of memoir and the vividness of travelogue with the insight of the best reportage, Not Quite Paradise chronicles life in a place few have ever visited.From the Trade Paperback edition.

American Plastic

by Laurie Essig

The riveting story of how cosmetic surgery and plastic money melted together to create a subprime mortgage crisis of the body Plastic surgery has become "the answer" for many Americans, and in American Plastic sociologist Laurie Essig explores how we arrived at this particular solution. Over the last decade there has been a 465 percent increase in cosmetic work, and we now spend over $12 billion annually on procedures like liposuction, face-lifts, tummy tucks, and boob jobs. In this fascinating book, Essig argues that this transformation is the result of massive shifts in both our culture and our economy--a perfect storm of greed, desire, and technology. Plastic is crucial to who we are as Americans, Essig observes. We not only pioneered plastic money but lead the world in our willingness to use it. It's estimated that 30 percent of plastic surgery patients earn less than $30,000 a year; another 41 percent earn less than $60,000. And since the average cost of cosmetic work is $8,000, a staggering 85 percent of patients assume debt to get work done. Using plastic surgery as a lens on better understanding our society, Essig shows how access to credit, medical advances, and the pressures from an image- and youth-obsessed culture have led to an unprecedented desire to "fix" ourselves.

Do It Anyway

by Courtney E. Martin

If you care about social change but hate feel-good platitudes, Do It Anyway is the book for you. Courtney Martin's rich profiles of the new generation of activists dig deep, to ask the questions that really matter: How do you create a meaningful life? Can one person even begin to make a difference in our hugely complex, globalized world?

Visions of a Better World

by Peter Eisenstadt Quinton Dixie

In 1935, at the height of his powers, Howard Thurman, one of the most influential African American religious thinkers of the twentieth century, took a pivotal trip to India that would forever change him--and that would ultimately shape the course of the civil rights movement in the United States. When Thurman (1899-1981) became the first African American to meet with Mahatma Gandhi, he found himself called upon to create a new version of American Christianity, one that eschewed self-imposed racial and religious boundaries, and equipped itself to confront the enormous social injustices that plagued the United States during this period. Gandhi's philosophy and practice of satyagraha, or "soul force," would have a momentous impact on Thurman, showing him the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance. After the journey to India, Thurman's distinctly American translation of satyagraha into a Black Christian context became one of the key inspirations for the civil rights movement, fulfilling Gandhi's prescient words that "it may be through the Negroes that the unadulterated message of nonviolence will be delivered to the world." Thurman went on to found one of the first explicitly interracial congregations in the United States and to deeply influence an entire generation of black ministers--among them Martin Luther King Jr. Visions of a Better World depicts a visionary leader at a transformative moment in his life. Drawing from previously untapped archival material and obscurely published works, Quinton Dixie and Peter Eisenstadt explore, for the first time, Thurman's development into a towering theologian who would profoundly affect American Christianity--and American history.

Menachem Begin

by Daniel Gordis

Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel's underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist Ze'ev Jabotinsky and soon became a leader within Jabotinsky's Betar movement. A powerful orator and mesmerizing public figure, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization's bombings of British military installations and other violent acts.Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, Begin's right-leaning Herut political party became a fixture of the opposition to the Labor-dominated governments of Ben-Gurion and his successors, until the surprising parliamentary victory of his political coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese "boat people" was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of Lebanon to end the PLO's shelling of Israel's northern cities, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel's prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis's perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt both within Israel and throughout the world. This title is part of the Jewish Encounters series.From the Hardcover edition.

The Mary Russell Series 8-Book Bundle

by Laurie R. King

In daring to re-imagine the life of Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Sherlock Holmes, Laurie R. King's New York Times bestselling mystery series--now celebrating its twentieth anniversary!--succeeds on the strength of its own now-beloved protagonist: Mary Russell, the young American who literally stumbles upon the great retired detective-turned-beekeeper. With the dazzling mix of suspense, period detail, and enthralling pace that is King's hallmark, these acclaimed novels follow Russell as she rises out of her mentor's shadow to form a long-running partnership with the always inscrutable and charismatic Holmes. Traversing such exotic locales as British-occupied Palestine, the Moroccan underworld, and the wilds of India amidst the turmoil of the early twentieth century, this convenient eBook bundle compiles eight of their most thrilling adventures: O JERUSALEM JUSTICE HALL THE GAME LOCKED ROOMS THE LANGUAGE OF BEES THE GOD OF THE HIVE PIRATE KING GARMENT OF SHADOWS Also includes the eBook short story "Beekeeping for Beginners" and an exclusive preview of the next Mary Russell mystery from Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies! Praise for Laurie R. King's Mary Russell mysteries "The most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today."--Lee Child "The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes's character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart."--The Washington Post Book World "A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company."--The New York Times "Erudite, fascinating . . . by all odds the most successful re-creation of the famous inhabitant of 221B Baker Street ever attempted."--Houston Chronicle "An engaging romp guaranteed to please . . . perfectly written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."--USA Today, on Pirate King "Mesmerizing--another wonderful novel etched by the hand of a master storyteller. No reader who opens this one will be disappointed."--Michael Connelly, on The God of the Hive "Historical fiction doesn't get any better than this."--The Denver Post, on The Game

The Wylder Sisters 3-Book Bundle

by Isabella Bradford

In a sparkling historical trilogy filled with sizzling romance and irresistible Regency charm, Isabella Bradford introduces the Wylder sisters: three irrepressible country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless. With all their escapades collected in one convenient eBook bundle, now is the perfect time to discover this witty, winsome series.WHEN YOU WISH UPON A DUKERaised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder would rather ride a horse than attend a stuffy ball. But when Charlotte leaves for London to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, a perfect model of aristocratic propriety, their first encounters are brazenly flirtatious. March's broad shoulders and dark countenance make her want to rip every button off his waistcoat. Yet whenever their desire boils over, he reluctantly pushes Charlotte away. Will secrets and misunderstandings mire their marriage in scandal or strengthen a bond that is destined to last a lifetime?WHEN THE DUCHESS SAID YESNotorious for her free-spirited antics, Lady Elizabeth Wylder is humiliated when her future husband, the Duke of Hawkesworth, fails to appear for their introduction. So when a chance encounter leads to a sizzling kiss with a dangerously handsome stranger, she nearly succumbs. The shock of finally meeting her betrothed, only to come face-to-face with her seducer, inspires fury--and fans the flames of a fire that both agree is a most agreeable way to start a marriage. But are endless nights of sensual discovery enough to persuade the rakish duke to give his heart completely?WHEN THE DUKE FOUND LOVEThe youngest of the Wylder girls, Lady Diana is also the most willful--and the last left unwed. Her family's solution is an excruciatingly respectable husband--the very staid and dull Lord Crump--but an intimate meeting with one of the ton's most resolute and scandalous bachelors, the Duke of Sheffield, turns Diana's world upside down. Torn between duty and desire, Diana recklessly surrenders to the headiest of passions. Soon it's clear that seduction is no longer the game: Something deep and lasting has come to bind their hearts, and the stakes are nothing less than true love.

Voyage of Purpose

by David Bennett Cindy Griffith-Bennett

By relating one man's amazing tale of triumph over death on multiple occasions, this book brings a fresh perspective to near death experience literature. David Bennett, once a brash young commercial diver whose personal philosophy was "cut your way through life to survive," was caught in a violent storm off the California coast one night where he drowned. While technically "dead," he met beings of light, relived his life, and peeked into his future, resulting in a complete paradigm shift for him. Later, he discovered he had stage IV lung and bone cancer-so advanced that his spine collapsed. Miraculously, he survived once again, and this second close call taught him even more about living, loving, and how to find purpose in his life. Voyage of Purpose brings readers right into the heart of the near-death experience, including the sensations of dying, being surrounded by the light, and meeting the Soul Family. Part memoir and part guide for achieving spiritual growth, this book shows how to integrate the most traumatic of incidents into one's spiritual path in order to live a more meaningful life.

Dreams of the Reiki Shaman

by Jim Pathfinder Ewing

Based on more than a decade of the author's successful workshops, this resource expands and refines the unique combination of the hands-on healing modality of Reiki with the life-changing shamanic journey. The resulting knowledge is presented clearly and concisely, making it possible for those with no previous background in Reiki or shamanism to understand, appreciate, and enjoy the teachings while those more experienced can glean new insight for their own healing work. Providing generous examples of shamanic journeying beyond ordinary reality and citing hundreds of case studies from the author's own private practice, this reference also lists internet references for further research.

Practical Conscious Creation

by Jackie Lapin

Exploring the principles of Conscious Creation-a methodology for reenergizing and reempowering one's daily experiences-this overview provides all the necessary tools for creating the life one desires. It demonstrates how to employ this powerful form of inspired thought in all actions, decisions, and routines. Filled with specific and imaginative practices, it teaches how to use the Law of Attraction with Conscious Visualization in order to proactively choose one's future, rather than merely passively waiting for something to happen. Including 70 articles that offer guidance for adapting Conscious Creation wisdom and applying it on a daily basis, this resource shows how to achieve a greater sense of empowerment and a more satisfying lifestyle.

Crystal Oversoul Attunements

by Michael Eastwood Judy Hall

Designed for meditation and contemplation, this set of 44 beautiful cards and accompanying book explore in great depth the spiritual and metaphysical qualities of crystals and how to communicate with the part of the collective consciousness that the crystals represent. Each card is a photographic mandala featuring a different crystal that conveys messages directly into the consciousness of the viewer. The corresponding volume contains information about crystal healing and meditation practice. Together the cards and the book build a map, representing the shared spiritual and healing potential that these meditations can bring.

Home Massage

by Chuck Fata Suzette Hodnett

Focusing on its therapeutic properties and capacity to enhance health and intimacy in all relationships, this book demystifies the medium of massage and makes it accessible for everyone in the family. Designed for the nonprofessional with simple step-by-step instructions, it teaches the three principles that make learning massage easy and fun. Also included are ideas for bringing home massage into daily life and how to use these principles to share massage with infants, children, adolescents, spouses, and the elderly. By emphasizing the innate healing power of touch to reduce stress and improve the immune system, this practical manual provides the tools for achieving health, relaxation, and connection with loved ones.

Encyclopedia of Thai Massage

by David Roylance C. Pierce Salguero

Drawing from Thai history, cultural studies, Buddhist religion, and yogic practices, as well as a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology, this guidebook bridges the gap between theory and practice while presenting bodywork as it is understood in Thailand-as a therapeutic medical science. Presenting detailed analysis of each step in a Thai massage routine, the history, spiritual traditions, and ethical codes are offered in an engaging, informal style. Numerous photographs and diagrams illustrate the variety of techniques used, and examples of routines for treating specific disorders are discussed. Updated with new layout, photos, and expanded text, this exhaustive handbook is complete with a section on the main energy meridians and diagrams of acupressure points, making it the perfect tool to accompany anyone studying this popular healing modality.

In Case of Spiritual Emergency

by Catherine G. Lucas

Personal stories of spiritual crises are presented alongside practical and effective guidance in this exploration of a fascinating phenomenon. When spiritual emergencies, such as mystical psychosis and dark nights of the soul, are understood, managed, and integrated, they can offer enormous potential for growth and fulfillment, and this book offers three key phases for successful navigation. Encouraging, supportive, and life-saving, this resource is essential for avoiding the mental, emotional, or spiritual paralysis or exhaustion that can result from underestimating the current age of increased individual and global emergencies.

Reclaiming Happiness

by Nicola Phoenix

The universal insights of Eastern philosophy combine with practical and inspiring ways to create a new life, a new self, and a new awareness of the wonder of being in this simple but powerful book. Presenting eight common misunderstandings about the body and spirit-such as egoism, fear, attachment, and disorder-this manual shows how to divert life away from these behaviors towards happiness, peace, and harmony. Also asking subtle psychological questions, this guide helps readers find their divine nature and shows them how to embrace it and live life aligned with it in order to acknowledge the true magnificence that lies within.

The Path of Synchronicity

by Allan Hunter

A combination of Jungian study, literary analysis, and therapy, this guide offers a powerful vision for capitalizing on synchronicity to instill peace in the self and the world. Synchronous moments are more than pure chance, coincidence, and dumb luck; this book shows that by recognizing them as a connection to a much larger, older pattern, readers can use the myths of culture and 1,000-year-old civilizations to guide themselves out of suffering and into tranquility. Starting with a new explanation of synchronicity and then offering practical instructions and exercises to tap into this collective wisdom, the book helps readers identify the mythic patterns that guide humanity, allowing them to face inner monsters without fear, convert them into love and compassion, and relax as part of a universal harmony.

Tara and the Talking Kitten Meet Angels and Fairies

by Diana Cooper Kate Shannon

The second book in an endearing new series, this story follows Tara and her talking cat, Ash-ting, as they meet fairies, elves, pixies, imps, and angels. Tara and her brother and sister depend on guidance from Ash-ting and the angels when Uncle Steve comes to visit and invades their privacy. And when Tara's sister almost drowns, Ash-ting helps Tara call on healing angels to save her. Tara and Ash-ting then work with all the nature spirits to save an old oak tree from being cut down. Both an empowering lesson for children and an entertaining adventure, this story teaches young readers the importance of protecting the environment and how to cope with difficult situations.

The Shadow Keepers Series 6-Book Bundle

by J. K. Beck J. Kenner

Before Release Me and Claim Me turned J. Kenner into a sensation in the world of erotic romance, this electrifying author had been thrilling paranormal romance readers for years as J. K. Beck. Now this eBook bundle brings together the six novels and short story that comprise her entire Shadow Keepers series: WHEN BLOOD CALLS WHEN PLEASURE RULES WHEN WICKED CRAVES MIDNIGHT (SHORT STORY) WHEN PASSION LIES WHEN DARKNESS HUNGERS WHEN TEMPTATION BURNS In this seductive world, vampires and werewolves wage an age-old feud on the fringes of human society. As Los Angeles teeters on the brink of apocalypse, the Shadow Alliance is dedicated to keeping the peace--and keeping their secrets. From a half-daemon master of control and the sinfully sweet reporter who makes him crave the pleasures he's denied himself for centuries, to the strong-willed, ravishing succubus who must join a ferociously alluring enemy to survive an even more lethal threat, their stories reveal what it means to surrender to immortal and passionate love. Praise for The Shadow Keepers series "J. K. Beck's vampire series is riveting, dangerous, and not to be missed!"--#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon "A wonderful world readers will want to visit time and time again . . . Beck can always be counted on for a fantastic paranormal tale."--RT Book Reviews "Exciting paranormal romance with a sharp, suspenseful edge."--New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian "Gripping and utterly compelling. J. K. Beck takes you on a dark, twisty ride that will leave you breathless."--New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione "Beck builds a dark, compelling world. . . . Sexy, thrilling and teeming with weird creatures and unexpected alliances."--BookPage "Red-hot . . . I can't wait to read more from this author!"--#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole

The Will Trent Series 5-Book Bundle

by Karin Slaughter

New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter is acclaimed for her novels of heart-stopping suspense, edge-of-your-seat intrigue, and richly imagined characters. And when Slaughter created detective Will Trent she broke the mold. While displaying an uncanny knack for reading people, solving puzzles, and cracking cases at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Detective Trent navigates the varied relationships with the women in his life: vice cop Angie Polaski, supervisor Amanda Wagner, partner Faith Mitchell, and Dr. Sara Linton. This gripping eBook bundle contains five novels in the Will Trent series, including:TRIPTYCHFRACTUREDUNDONEBROKENFALLEN"Karin Slaughter is one of the best crime novelists in America."--The Washington Post "Crime fiction at its finest."--Michael Connelly"Slaughter writes with a razor. . . . Better than Cornwell can ever hope to be."--The Plain Dealer"Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Sous Chef

by Michael Gibney

The back must slave to feed the belly. . . . In this urgent and unique book, chef Michael Gibney uses twenty-four hours to animate the intricate camaraderie and culinary choreography in an upscale New York restaurant kitchen. Here readers will find all the details, in rapid-fire succession, of what it takes to deliver an exceptional plate of food--the journey to excellence by way of exhaustion. Told in second-person narrative, Sous Chef is an immersive, adrenaline-fueled run that offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the food service industry, allowing readers to briefly inhabit the hidden world behind the kitchen doors, in real time. This exhilarating account provides regular diners and food enthusiasts alike a detailed insider's perspective, while offering fledgling professional cooks an honest picture of what the future holds, ultimately giving voice to the hard work and dedication around which chefs have built their careers. In a kitchen where the highest standards are upheld and one misstep can result in disaster, Sous Chef conjures a greater appreciation for the thought, care, and focus that go into creating memorable and delicious fare. With grit, wit, and remarkable prose, Michael Gibney renders a beautiful and raw account of this demanding and sometimes overlooked profession, offering a nuanced perspective on the craft and art of food and service. Advance praise for Sous Chef "A terrific nuts-and-bolts account of the real business of cooking as told from the trenches. No nonsense. This is what it takes."--Anthony Bourdain "Michael Gibney's you-are-there Sous Chef is one of the most informative, funny, and transparent books about the restaurant biz ever written."--Bret Easton Ellis"This is excellent writing--excellent!--and it is thrilling to see a debut author who has language and story and craft so well in hand. Though I would never ask my staff to read my own book, I would happily require them to read Michael Gibney's."--Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter"Sous Chef is a marvelous, superbly written, intelligent, and accomplished book. I know no other book that so vividly renders the experience and complexity of life in a big restaurant kitchen. The sheer amount of knowledge demonstrated here of the particulars of cooking is immense, and the dynamic, seesaw relationship between chef and sous chef is especially well achieved. I was gripped by the author's culinary passion and literary sophistication. Bravo!"--Phillip Lopate "A good cook chooses ingredients carefully, just as a writer must select the right words. Michael Gibney is a word cook of the highest order, and this book will leave you licking your fingers."--Gary Shteyngart"Gibney is as skilled with words as he is with his 11-inch Sujihiki knife."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Sumptuously entertaining fare . . . [Gibney] breathes life into the mix of outsized personalities inhabiting the confined, hot, noisy space of the kitchen."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)From the Hardcover edition.

Lost and Found in Cedar Cove (Short Story)

by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber's heartwarming new series, set at the Rose Harbor Inn in picturesque Cedar Cove, displays the author's signature talent for creating characters who feel like friends, and small towns that feel like home. In this original short story available exclusively as an eBook, Jo Marie Rose readies her inn for spring, turning to her new friends Grace and Olivia when she needs them most. Jo Marie has big plans for her bed-and-breakfast. With the help of handyman Mark Taylor, she intends to plant a beautiful rose garden in time for her upcoming open house. Jo Marie and Mark rarely see eye to eye--especially on matters of home improvement--but she knows he has her best interests at heart. After the two walk the grounds, Jo Marie realizes that her beloved rescue dog, Rover, is missing, and at a time when she most needs a friend, Mark abruptly leaves. Confused by Mark's behavior and worried for Rover's safety, Jo Marie searches for her precious pup all over Cedar Cove. Rover is on an adventure of his own--one that will lead to a delightful surprise for two unlikely people. Includes an excerpt from Rose Harbor in Bloom, the next novel in Debbie Macomber's new series. Watch the original series Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel. Praise for The Inn at Rose Harbor "Charming . . . warm and serene . . . a wonderful novel."--Bookreporter "[An] emotionally charged romance."--Kirkus Reviews

Four Years Later

by Monica Murphy

Bestselling author Monica Murphy winds up her sensational series with this sexy story of two college kids with nothing in common but a bunch of baggage and a burning attraction. Over. That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can't keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can't seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations--and it's messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now--until I get a look at her. Chelsea is not my type at all. She's smart and totally shy. I'm pretty sure she's even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I'm really over. But in a different way. I won't deny her ass is killer, but it's her brain and the way she seems to crave love--like no one's ever given her any--that make me want her more than any girl I've ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?Praise for Four Years Later "Another great entry into the series and a perfect way to close out what started with One Week Girlfriend. As always, Monica Murphy gives us such great characters, giving them such depth and emotions that it's hard not to love them from the minute you meet them on the page."--Cocktails and Books "An engaging, heavily character-driven new adult [novel] that brings us the story of a much beloved character. Seamless writing flows effortlessly as Murphy sets up the plot elements and begins her story of love, loss, redemption, and forgiveness. . . . Four Years Later was a delight to read."--Smexy Books "Monica Murphy has created an unforgettable series. Her writing is honest, gritty, romantic and entertaining. Her characters are very real people that readers can relate to. We embrace them in our hearts. Their lives and stories will stay with [us] long after the book is finished. It is no wonder that this series is an all-time favorite. . . . The One Week Girlfriend series has been an amazing reading journey that has touched my heart."--Hesperia Loves Books "Emotional and gratifying . . . This romance was full of tension and longing! . . . Monica Murphy has another win with Four Years Later. Owen and Chelsea's story was touching and passionate, and is sure to make you sigh in contentment by the end."--Waves of Fiction "What a fantastic ending to an amazing series! . . . It took my emotions on a roller coaster ride but hey, all the good books do! . . . Four books and I still want more! I'm not quite sure I could ever get enough of these characters. They're all complex, and beautifully broken in their own ways. Combine that with Monica Murphy's fantastic writing skills and you always have a winner."--Down the Rabbit Hole "It's official! When it comes to NA romances and inner monologues, Monica Murphy is a queen! . . . I highly recommend Four Years Later! If you read the earlier books then you just have to get this one too. It was wonderful to see how the earlier couples are faring . . . but Monica Murphy had truly made this Owen's book. I love it!"--In My Room ReadingFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!

by Lori Greiner

NATIONAL BESTSELLERFrom one of the stars of ABC's Shark Tank and QVC's Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner comes a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it a success. Turn your idea into a reality. Become your own boss. Make your first million. Achieve financial freedom. Lori Greiner shows you how. Lori Greiner is one of America's most successful, prolific, and sought-after entrepreneurs. But before she created her first hit product, all she had was a great idea, a tireless work ethic, and no clue how to get it to market. So Lori taught herself everything she needed to know about bringing an invention from concept to creation to consumers in months. She learned the ins and outs of business, manufacturing, investors, patents, marketing, and more. Now, five hundred million dollars in retail sales later, in an honest and straightforward fashion, Lori reveals the path she took to her wealth of experience and hard-won wisdom so that you, too, can achieve financial freedom and see your invention become reality. Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! is a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it profitable. Sharing her own secret formula and personal stories along the way, she provides vital information and advice on topics that can often intimidate, frustrate, and stump aspiring entrepreneurs. Offering behind-the-scenes insights into her experiences on ABC's Shark Tank and QVC-TV's Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, as well as valuable lessons learned from the mistakes and triumphs of her early career, Lori proves that, with hard work and the right idea, anyone can turn themselves into the next overnight success. So a note to all the weekend inventors, armchair CEOs, and get-rich-quick dreamers: No more excuses! With Lori Greiner as your personal mentor, the only thing left to do is make your product, get out there, and sell it! Inside, Lori covers such topic as . . . * Market research: Is your idea a hero or a zero? Don't be so fixated on the end result that you forget to make something that people actually want to buy. * Product design: I have an idea, now what's next? From concept to prototype to final product: How do I make it and where do I start? * Funding: Although loans, investments, and crowd-sourcing are great ways to access cash, first tap into your own resources as wisely as possible. * Manufacturing: Seeing your final product roll off the assembly line is a magical moment, but there are things to watch out for so you get there in a cost-effective way. * Protecting your idea: To patent or not to patent, and other things you can do to safeguard your idea. * The secrets to selling successfully: You got the product made, now learn how to get people to buy it!Advance praise for Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! "I am used to dealing with Mavericks and Lori fits the bill! Lori Greiner's insightful and practical book, Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! should be on the required reading list for anyone who wants to take an idea and turn it into a real business."--Mark Cuban "While most people write a book to make money, it's evident in reading Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! that Lori's goal is to share her secrets with the reader, and make them money."--Mark BurnettFrom the Hardcover edition.

The Magical Adventures of Tara and the Talking Kitten

by Diana Cooper Kate Shannon

Before Tara meets Ash-ting, an adorable gray kitten, her life at both home and school is dreadful; she doesn't know how to make friends or how to talk to her dad about things that are bothering her. But soon Ash-ting enters her life and turns everything around, for Ash-ting is more than just a handsome pet-she can talk! She helps Tara navigate social situations at school and provides encouragement and guidance in many ways. The first in a new children's series, this is a heartwarming story about a girl and her talking cat.

The Whale Whisperer

by Madeleine Walker

Going beyond the standard pet communication book, this adventure delivers messages from many different wild and sacred animal species. Voices of the white buffalo, the humpback whale, the white lions of Timbavati South Africa, orcas, and bears all speak through the author, who embarked on a spiritual journey across several continents in search of this wisdom from animals. In turns moving, empowering, and entertaining, it includes practical ways to implement the animal knowledge, conveying vital messages to help save humanity and the natural world.

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