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My Planet

by Mary Roach

From acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach comes the complete collection of her "My Planet" articles published in Reader's Digest. She was a hit columnist in the magazine, and this book features the articles she wrote in that time. Insightful and hilarious, Mary explores the ins and outs of the modern world: marriage, friends, family, food, technology, customer service, dental floss, and ants--she leaves no element of the American experience unchecked for its inherent paradoxes, pleasures, and foibles.On Cleanliness: Ed has crud vision, and I don't. I don't notice filth. Ed sees it everywhere. I am reasonably convinced that Ed can actually see bacteria. . . . He confessed he didn't like me using his bathrobe because I'd wear it while sitting on the toilet."It's not like it goes in the water," I protested, though if you counted the sash as part of the robe, this wasn't strictly true. On the Internet: The Internet is a boon for hypochondriacs like me. Right now, for instance, I'm feeling a shooting pain on the side of my neck. A Web search produces five matches, the first three for a condition called Arnold-Chiari Malformation.While my husband, Ed, reads over my shoulder, I recite symptoms from the list. "'General clumsiness' and 'general imbalance,'" I say, as though announcing arrivals at the Marine Corps Ball. "'Difficulty driving,' 'lack of taste,' 'difficulty feeling feet on ground.'""Those aren't symptoms," says Ed. "Those are your character flaws." On Fashion: My husband recently made me try on a bikini. A bikini is not so much a garment as a cloth-based reminder that your parts have been migrating all these years. My waist, I realized that day in the dressing ro

Treasury of Joy & Inspiration

by Editors of Reader's Digest

To celebrate 90 years of publishing "reads of lasting interest," Reader's Digest offers this editors' selection of our best stories since our founding in 1922. Chock-full of essays and true tales by some of America's most famous authors and thought leaders, these great reads inspire and uplift, open the door to new possibilities and connect us emotionally. In this volume, readers will be inspired by stories like these: Author James Michener recounts the mysterious present from a neighbor that changed the course of his life Playwright Neil Simon witnesses his mother experience a moment of pure happiness Pulitzer prize winner Alex Haley shares why he broke down in tears when he first visited the offices of a famous newspaper Former President Dwight Eisenhower urges all American students to complete their college education Novelist Susan Shreve recalls the fierce love that motivated her mother to reach out to the famous shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo for helpOrganized around timeless American values--joy, miracles, giving, gratitude, holidays and healing--readers will laugh, cry, cheer, sigh and renew their faith as they enjoy the powerful impact of a well-told story.

Irrational Numbers

by Robert Spiller

When her phone number is found in the pocket of a murdered student who previously came out of the closet in a speech to his classmates, full-time math teacher and part-time troublemaker Bonnie Pinkwater is drawn into the case. Joining forces with the school's principal, Lloyd Whittaker, Bonnie begins to investigate-only to have potential suspects start turning up dead. Using logic and math as a backbone of her investigation, Bonnie must catch the killer before she, too, is added to the growing list of bodies in this chilling casebook full of stunning twists and turns.

Johnny Gruesome

by Gregory Lamberson

Johnny Grissom-nicknamed "Johnny Gruesome" by his high school classmates-is a heavy metal hellion who loves to party, watch horror movies, and get into fights. One winter night, Johnny's car, The Death Mobile, is discovered submerged beneath the icy surface of Willow Creek, with Johnny's waterlogged corpse inside. The townspeople believe that his death was accidental. But soon the murders begin-horrible acts of violent vengeance that hint at a deepening mystery and terror yet to come. A headless body is discovered at the high school, a priest is forced to confront his own misdeeds, and a mortician encounters the impossible. The sound of a car engine and maniacal laughter fill the night, and one by one, Johnny's enemies meet a grisly demise. The students at Red Hill High School begin to fear for their lives-especially Johnny's closest friends, who all harbor a dark secret.

Kiss of a Traitor

by Cat Lindler

Wilhelmina Bellingham is an ardent Tory and has two goals in her young life-catching the rebel traitor General Francis Marion and avoiding marriage to the fool to whom she was promised when she was only a babe, a man she has never met. Her first goal is within reach, for Willa knows South Carolina's swamps as well as any rebel, shedding her betrothed, however, is another matter. When his half-brother is killed, Captain Brendan Ford, a spy with Marion's patriots, assumes his identity as Lord Montford-and fiancé to Wilhelmina Bellingham. As his deception begins to fall apart, he convinces Willa he is a double spy, and makes a fatal decision-to romance her, capture her loyalty, and prevent her from exposing him to her father. But while he is ensuring Willa's allegiance and love, she manages to steal his heart as well.

Love's Magic

by Traci E Hall

While her sisters are tall and beautiful, Celestia Montehue is the misfit in a royal family-petite, with one green and one blue eye. The only thing she has in common with her ancestors is her magical healing ability. Fearing no one will ever accept her, she vows never to marry. Meanwhile, Nicholas Le Blanc, a haunted man, was trained as a knight but his childhood has convinced him he is a bastard. He is captured while on crusade and eventually forced to kill for his freedom. An arranged marriage between the two does not bode happiness, nor does Celestia's new home-a broken-down keep haunted by the ghost of Nicholas' mother. Soon a curse is set upon them, and they must decide if their love will save them or, ultimately, doom them.

Memnon

by Scott Oden

He lived in the shadow of kings. One trusted him with his empire; the other feared his every move...Memnon of Rhodes (375-333 BCE) walked in the footsteps of giants. As a soldier, sailor, statesman, and general, he was, in the words of Diodorus of Sicily, "outstanding in courage and strategic grasp." A contemporary of Demosthenes and Aristotle, Memnon rose from humble origins to command the whole of western Asia in a time of strife and slaughter. To his own people, he was a traitor, to his rivals, a mercenary. But, to the King of Kings, his majesty Darius III of Persia, Memnon was one man capable of defending Asia Minor from the rising power of the barbaric Macedonians. In a war pitting Greek against Greek, Memnon proved his quality beyond measure. His enemies fought for glory and gold; Memnon fought for something more, for loyalty, for honor, and for duty. He fought for the love of Barsine, a woman of remarkable beauty and grace. Most of all, he fought for the promise of peace. Through the deathbed recollections of a mysterious woman, the life of Memnon unfolds with brilliant clarity. It is a record of his triumphs and tragedies, his loves and lossess, and of the determination that drove him to stand against the most renowned figure of the ancient world-the ambitious young conqueror called Alexander the Great.

Men of Bronze

by Scott Oden

Leading the fight to preserve the soul of Egypt is Hasdrabal Barca, Pharaoh's deadliest killer. When Greek mercenary, Phanes, defects to the Persians, it triggers a savage war that will tax Barca's skills, and his humanity, to the limit.

Paint It Black

by Michelle Perry

After fulfilling a lifelong devotion of bringing her drug lord father to justice, DEA agent Necie Bramhall believes the painful past is finally behind her#151;unaware that she has just created a new, more deadly enemy. Necie's beautiful and ruthless half-sister Maria Barnes, driven by a lifetime of jealousy and enraged by her father's arrest, is bent on destroying everything Necie holds dear#151;starting with her marriage and family. When Necie's daughter is kidnapped, new revelations show that her imprisoned father, the man she always perceived as her greatest enemy, might be the only one who can save her from Maria's wrath.

Passion's Blood

by Cherif Fortin Lynn Sanders

Telling the saga of flame-haired beauty Lady Leanna and her betrothed, Prince Emric, this lavishly illustrated medieval novella features 34 full-color paintings to deliver the full impact of the story.

Paws Positively Guilty

by Cindy Keen Reynders

Lexie Lightfoot, owner of the Saucy Lucy Cafe, doesn't have an ounce of law enforcement training in her body, but when a friend goes missing and Lexie finds her buried in a garden, she decides to lend the police department a hand. Once the investigation begins, Lexie and her sister Lucy manage to rattle a few old skeletons and dig up secrets that folks would rather leave hidden. When things start to cook, the sisters and Lurch, their adopted oversize canine investigator, find themselves in a heap of hot water.

Rain of Fire

by Linda Jacobs

Yellowstone National Park geologist Kyle Stone keeps a close finger on Yellowstone's pulse. When a new hot spring appears overnight in the park and a noted naturalist is scalded to death, Kyle mounts an expedition into the Yellowstone backcountry to unravel the mystery. Original.

Loose Balls

by Jayson Williams

The first candid report from a land of fragile egos, available women, unexpected tenderness, intramural fistfights, colossal partying, bizarre humor, inconceivable riches, and desperate competition, Loose Balls does for roundball what Ball Four did for hardball. From revelations about the meanest, softest, and smelliest players in the league, to Williams's early days as a "young man with a lot of money and not a lot of sense," to his strong and powerful views on race, privilege, and giving back, Loose Balls is a basketball book unlike any other.No inspirational pieties or chest-thumping boasting here--instead, Jayson Williams gives us the real insider tales of refs, groupies, coaches, entourages, and all the superstars, bench warmers, journeymen, clowns, and other performers in the rarefied circus that is professional basketball.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Slack

by Tom Demarco

To most companies, efficiency means profits and growth. But what if your "efficient" company--the one with the reduced headcount and the "stretch" goals--is actually slowing down and losing money? What if your employees are burning out doing the work of two or more people, leaving them no time for planning, prioritizing, or even lunch? What if you're losing employees faster than you can hire them? What if your superefficient company is suddenly falling behind?Tom DeMarco, a leading management consultant to both Fortune 500 and up-and-coming companies, has discovered a counterintuitive principle that explains why efficiency improvement can sometimes make a company slow. If your real organizational goal is to become fast (responsive and agile), then he proposes that what you need is not more efficiency, but more slack. What is "slack"? Slack is the degree of freedom in a company that allows it to change. It could be something as simple as adding an assistant to a department, letting high-priced talent spend less time at the photo copier and more time making key decisions. Slack could also appear in the way a company treats employees: instead of loading them up with overwork, a company designed with slack allows its people room to breathe, increase effectiveness, and reinvent themselves.In thirty--three short chapters filled with creative learning tools and charts, you and your company can learn how to: make sense of the Efficiency/Flexibility quandary run directly toward risk instead of away from it strengthen the creative role of middle management make change and growth work together for even greater profitsA innovative approach that works for new- and old-economy companies alike, this revolutionary handbook will debunk commonly held assumptions about real-world management, and give you and your company a brand-new model for achieving and maintaining true effectiveness--and a healthier bottom line.From the Hardcover edition.

Sin and Syntax

by Constance Hale

Today's writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone.With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar's ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use--Gasp!--interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing. Discover how to:*Distinguish between words that are "pearls" and words that are "potatoes"* Avoid "couch potato thinking" and "commitment phobia" when choosing verbs* Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing)Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose--students, professionals, and seasoned writers alike. Whether you're writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman

by Gail Evans

Women make up almost half of today's labor force, but in corporate America they don't share half of the power. Only four of the Fortune 500 company CEOs are women, and it's only been in the last few years that even half of the Fortune 500 companies have more than one female officer.A major reason for this? Most women were never taught how to play the game of business. Throughout her career in the supercompetitive, male-dominated media industry, Gail Evans, one of the country's most powerful executives, has met innumerable women who tell her that they feel lost in the workplace, almost as if they were playing a game without knowing the directions.She tells them that's exactly the case: Business is indeed a game, and like any game, there are rules to playing well. For the most part, Gail has discovered, women don't know them.Men know these rules because they wrote them, but women often feel shut out of the process because they don't know when to speak up, when to ask for responsibility, what to say at an interview, and a lot of other key moves that can make or break a career.Now, in her book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, Gail Evans reveals the secrets to the playbook of success and teaches women at all levels of the organization--from assistant to vice president--how to play the game of business to their advantage.Sharing with humor and candor her years of lessons from corporate life, Gail Evans gives readers practical tools for making the right decisions at work. Among the rules you will learn are:* How to Keep Score at Work* When to Take a Risk* How to Deal with the Imposter Syndrome* Ten Vocabulary Words That Mean Different Things to Men and Women* Why Men Can be Ugly, and You Can't* When to Quit Your JobEvans is not saying that every woman has to play exactly by men's rules--not at all. Women bring many inherent traits to the workplace that can provide them with a potential advantage over men, such as a woman's ability to form relationships, or her intuition. But women do need to know the basic rules so that they can understand the full consequences of their every action and how it makes an impact on their career.An honest and practical handbook that reveals important insights into relationships between men and women and work, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, is a must-read for every woman who wants to leverage her power in the workplace.

Spanish Lessons

by Derek Lambert

In the shrewd, comical spirit of Peter Mayle and Bill Bryson, Derek Lambert discovers the charms and idiosyncrasies of Spain as he experiences the rewards and frustrations of beginning a new life there. [set as a headline]As Lambert and his wife set about restoring their moldering casita on Spain's Mediterranean Costa Blanca and learning to live the life of Spanish villagers, he introduces us to a nation far removed from the matadors, tapas bars, and sangria swillers. He uncovers the "real" Spain-a nation of passionate, eccentric, often contradictory, but always enchanting people. Unpredictable, often hilarious, and animated by colorful characters, Spanish Lessons presents an intimate and delightful portrait of off-the-tourist-track Spain.

How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty

by Patti Breitman Connie Hatch

"To this book I say yes, yes, yes!"--from the Foreword by Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small StuffFind more time and energy for the things you love to do--learn to say no without feeling guilty!The simple word "no" is often the most difficult to say. Yet anyone can develop the skills to say no with confidence, kindness, and peace of mind. And the benefits are enormous. You'll spend less time doing things you don't want to do with people you don't want to see, and move closer to your own priorities and passions.How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty shows you: The five simple techniques that will help you say no with finesse in nearly any situation How to apply two basic principles to minimize guilt about saying no and reduce the likelihood of personal conflictsIn addition, authors Patti Breitman and Connie Hatch provide specific language and practical strategies for defending your boundaries against life's many intrusions and distractions, including: Demanding friends and family members Unwelcome invitations, dates, and romantic entanglements Requests for money, whether from friends, relatives, organizations, or panhandlers Unreasonable assignments at work Pushy people who ask for too many favors Junk mail, annoying phone calls, and buddies with something to sell High-maintenance people And much moreUltimately, "no" can be one of the most positive words in your vocabulary. Whether you crave more family time, more time for yourself, or more time to pursue a dream, saying no frees up room for the "yeses" in your life.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Stories in Uniform

by Editors of Reader's Digest

Stories in Uniform is a chronological retrospective of the best military pieces Reader's Digest has run; pieces that will make you weep, make your heart sing, inspire you, enrage you, and make you laugh. Beginning in World War I and continuing though to the war in Iraq, readers will follow soldiers into the trenches, peer in on emergency surgery taking place in the depths of the ocean, watch heroes carry the bodies of fallen brethren, trail Eisenhower for the three days leading up to D-Day, and be inspired as men and women rise above and beyond normal human limits to preserve our rights and save their friends.Stories include:* A moving memorial to D-Day* A tribute to one of the first African-Americans to serve as a Naval Officer* A pilot rescued after his F-16 is shot down* A soldier returns to the front after losing his foot in action* An American soldier who takes a big risk to save a dying Afghan girlThis book gives a complete perspective on the hell that is war, the love that grows from camaraderie, the pride from accomplishing the impossible, the humor that springs from the military bureaucracy, and more.

Foods that Harm and Foods that Heal Cookbook

by Editors of Reader's Digest

Foods That Harm Foods That Heal> was a pioneering book that changed the way we view food and its impact on our bodies. Many of the more than 7 million readers worldwide have been asking for a cookbook companion to help them put their newfound knowledge to use. In answer to their requests, here is the Foods That Harm Foods That Heal Cookbook.In this all-new companion to Foods That Harm Foods That Heal, you'll find: An A-Z summary of the almost 100 healing foods from the main book, complete with buying, storing, and cooking tips. 300 scrumptious recipes, each featuring at least 3 healing foods. Sample daily meal plans for almost 100 common ailments, from arthritis to heart disease.

The Digest Diet Cookbook

by Liz Vaccariello

Eat up and slim down with this companion to the phenomenally successful The Digest Diet.In The Digest Diet, Liz Vaccariello and the editors of Reader's Digest sifted through the latest weight-loss science to develop a groundbreaking 21-day eating plan demonstrated to help you drop the pounds. Real-life men and women who tried the plan--and lost up to 26 pounds!The Digest Diet Cookbook will give readers 150 all-new fat releasing recipes so they can branch out with new foods but still maintain their weight loss results. In addition, the book will include: Buying and storing tips for the 13 amazing fat-releasing foods Guidelines on how to mix and match recipes to make your own menus Quick and easy tips on organizing your kitchen and pantry to make cooking easier, shopping for and storing fat releasers, and scaling recipes to feed just the right number of people More than 50 full-color photographs Daily Menus for vegetarians, cooks on a budget, and other special needs Inspirational stories from our testersWhether you're new to The Digest Diet or looking to maintain your fabulous success, The Digest Diet Cookbook is all you need to get and stay thin and healthy for life.

Don't Screw It Up!

by Laura Lee

Do you know how to tie your shoe? Or do you just think you do but you've actually been screwing it up for decades like most people have? This witty, light book takes a fresh spin on all the mistakes we make everyday that end up costing us big in our wallets, our health, our homes, and beyond. Topics covered are Yourself (appearance, skills, all things you), Your Home, Your Cooking, Your Money, Your Relationships & Family, and Your Health. This perfect combination of humor and wisdom entertains readers as they learn how to make their lives better by avoiding and remedying common screw-ups. Things we all mess up: Using chopsticks as spears because you just can't figure them out (Yourself) Throwing Frisbees behind you, sucking at horseshoes, and other game/sporting fouls (Yourself) Living with streaky paint or air bubbles under the wallpaper you screwed up (Your Home) Killing all the houseplants you've ever bought (Your Home) Burning the edges and undercooking the middle (Your Cooking) Breaking the yolk every time you flip an egg (Your Cooking Your taxes. Argh. (Your Money) Overdrawing your account and paying a fee even though you have overdraft protection (Your Money) Cracking someone's ribs in the Heimlich maneuver (Your Health) Inability to make a Band-Aid stick or get a Band-Aid off without tearing out your hair (Your Health) Forgetting your loved ones birthdays year after year (Your Relationships & Family) Ruining Christmas with the untimely truth about Santa (Your Relationships & Family) Embarrassing yourself on a date because you don't understand the French menu or the 90-page wine list (Your Relationships & Family)The ways in which we flub and flounder are infinite, and this book taps into that boundless fountain of foul ups in a way that will

Bible Stories You May Have Forgotten

by James Bell

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time and its importance cannot be overestimated. It informs the lives, cultures, and politics of millions of people around the world, and I bet you don't even know who Esua is! (He traded his birthright to his brother Jacob for some stew.) Do you actually know what went down in Sodom and Gomorrah? Does the Tower of Babel ring a bell, or do you need to clean the cobwebs out of your belfry?This light and witty reference book will give readers a base knowledge that will make them feel like experts. From Genesis to resurrection, all the stories you should know and love are condensed for ease of understanding and entertainment. Spotlights on biblical references in pop culture will keep the tone upbeat and relevant to all. With a new handle on everything Ephesian, you can impress your minister, reawaken your faith.

Running Scared

by Cheryl Norman

Although newly-divorced Ashley Adams thinks her ex-husband is trying to kill her, she's no longer running scared-months of therapy and determination have strengthened her resolve to stop being a victim, while months of dedicated training have prepared her to run her first marathon. Homicide detective Rick Edwards is coping with the deaths of his wife and daughter the only way he knows how-by focusing on his work. He is hoping to solve the murder Ashley witnessed during a training run, but first he must win her trust. It doesn't take Rick long to realize that Ashley Adams is hardly a damsel in distress. In the most unexpected of places, he may have found the one woman who can save him.

Snow Blind

by Lori G Armstrong

The frigid winter months are mighty slow in the PI biz for Julie Collins and her partner, Kevin Wells-until the duo is hired by a young woman to investigate problems at her grandfather's assisted living facility, where they encounter lax security, unqualified healthcare personnel, and a shady senior volunteer organization. Julie barely has time to delve deeper into the puzzling case before she reluctantly finds herself in an isolated cattle shelter on the Collins ranch with her father during a raging blizzard. There is no escape from her father or from the biting cold and bitter memories. Julie is forced to wrestle with issues that make her question old wounds and new family loyalties. When the bodies and the snow pile up, Julie seems at odds with everyone, leaving her to wonder if she's being blinded to the cold, hard truths in her life by love . . . or by hate.

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