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Praise for Iain Levison: "The real deal . . . bracing, hilarious and dead on."--The New York Times Book Review"Witty, deft, well-conceived writing that combines sharp satire with real suspense."--Kirkus Reviews "Levison writes tight, punchy prose, with deadpan humor and savvy."--The Wall Street Journal Philip Dixon is down on his luck. An escape from a lucrative but botched bank robbery lands him bleeding and on the verge of collapse in a college town in New Hampshire. How can he find a place to hide out in this innocent setting? Peering into the window of the nearest house, he sees a glimmer of hope: a man in his mid-thirties, obviously some kind of academic, is rolling around on the living room floor with an attractive high-school student. Professor Elias White is then blackmailed into harboring a dangerous fugitive, as Dixon--with a cool quarter-million in his bag and dreams of Canada in his head--gets ready for the last phase of his escape.But the last phase is always the hardest. Attractive and persistent FBI agent Denise Lupo is on his trail. As for Elias White, his surprising transition from respected academic to willing accomplice poses a ruthless threat that Dixon would be foolish to underestimate."...Funny and acerbic, and crackles with raw energy."--The Sunday Times (UK) Iain Levison was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1963. Since moving to the United States, he has worked as a fisherman, carpenter, and cook, and he has detailed his woes of wage slavery in A Working Stiff's Manifesto. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A cookbook unlike any other. Featuring ten recipes from each of Italy's twenty regions, Cooking with Giovanni Caboto is an exhaustive tour of traditional Italian cuisine, with all two hundred dishes tested and approved by the chefs at the Club's famous kitchen. An invaluable resource for experts and beginners alike.
You'd like to believe you're in some tale of sin and redemption. I guess we all like to think we're walking through some grand, redemptive story. Well, we're all going to end up disappointed. Disappointment is one of the two fates that we all must eventually meet.When former Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer Lucas Zane washes up drunk, broken, and hallucinatory after covering the worst global conflagrations of the past two decades, he takes a job with a low-budget pornographic impresario, getting accidentally involved with one of his actresses, Melissa. After a horrific assault, Zane hatches a plan to rescue Melissa, his career, and, he hopes, himself.Combat Camera is a restless, tragic, blackly funny, hypnotic novel.
Carla is 11 years old and lives in Dunlap, California. This richly detailed photographic essay accompanies her as she goes through the process of making a basket, from gathering the plants, to weaving, to attending a gathering of California basketweavers, where she enters her work in a show.
From the strange erotics of household appliances to the shock of a child's first encounter with death, this collection explores the borderland between inner and outer realities, creating a sharply etched portrait of fraught consciousness struggling for balance between the pains and sudden pleasures of being alive.
A New York Times bestseller The original graphic novel adapted into the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; released in the US this fall by IFC Films/Sundance Selects In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.First published in France by Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.The live-action, French-language film version of the book, entitled Blue Is the Warmest Color, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Directed by director Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film generated both wide praise and controversy. It will be released in the US through Sundance Selects/IFC Films.Julie Maroh is an author and illustrator originally from northern France.
A New York Times bestsellerThe original graphic novel adapted into the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film FestivalIn this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.First published in France by Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.The live-action, French-language film version of the book, entitled Blue Is the Warmest Color, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Directed by director Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film generated both wide praise and controversy. It will be released in the US through Sundance Selects/IFC Films.Julie Maroh is an author and illustrator originally from northern France."Julie Maroh, who was just 19 when she started the comic, manages to convey the excitement, terror, and obsession of young love-and to show how wildly teenagers swing from one extreme emotion to the next ... Ultimately, Blue Is the Warmest Color is a sad story about loss and heartbreak, but while Emma and Clementine's love lasts, it's exhilarating and sustaining." -Slate.com"A beautiful, moving graphic novel." -Wall Street Journal"Blue Is the Warmest Color captures the entire life of a relationship in affecting and honest style." -Comics Worth Reading"Delicate linework conveys wordless longing in this graphic novel about a lesbian relationship." -New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)"A tragic yet beautifully wrought graphic novel." -Salon.com"Love is a beautiful punishment in Maroh's paean to confusion, passion, and discovery ... An elegantly impassioned love story." -Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)"A lovely and wholehearted coming-out story ... the illustrations are infused with genuine, raw feeling. Wide-eyed Clementine wears every emotion on her sleeve, and teens will understand her journey perfectly." -Kirkus Reviews "The electric emotions of falling in love and the difficult process of self-acceptance will resonate with all readers ... Maroh's use of color is deliberate enough to be eye-catching in a world of grey tones, with Emma's bright blue hair capturing Clementine's imagination, but is used sparingly enough that it supports and blends naturally with the story." -Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)"It's not just the French who have a better handle on sexy material than Americans -- Canadians do, too ... Who's publishing it? Not an American publishing house but by Arsenal Pulp Press, a Canadian independent." -Los Angeles Times
A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR 2012 "Glover is a master of narrative structure."-Wall Street Journal" In the tradition of E.M. Forster, John Gardner, and James Wood, Douglas Glover has produced a book on writing at once erudite, anecdotal, instructive, and amusing. Attack of the Copula Spiders represents the accumulated wisdom of a remarkable literary career: novelist, short story writer, essayist, teacher and mentor, Glover has for decades been asking the vital questions. How does the way we read influence the way we write? What do craft books fail to teach aspiring writers about theme, about plot and subplot, about constructing point of view? How can we maintain drama on the level of the sentence-and explain drama in the sentences of others? What is the relationship of form and art? How do you make words live?Whether his subject is Alice Munro, Cervantes, or the creative writing classroom, Glover's take is frank and fresh, demonstrating again and again that graceful writers must first be strong readers. This collection is a call-to-arms for all lovers of English, and Attack of the Copula Spiders our best defense against the assaults of a post-literate age.Douglas Glover is the award-winning author of five story collections, four novels, and two works of non-fiction. He is currently on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program.Praise for Douglas Glover"So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees well beyond the tissue of words into ... the author's poetic grace." - The New Yorker"Glover invents his own assembly of critical approaches and theories that is eclectic, personal, scholarly, and smart ... a direction for future literary criticism to take." - The Denver Quarterly"A ribald, raunchy wit with a talent for searing self-investigation." - The Globe and Mail"Knotty, intelligent, often raucously funny." - Maclean's"Passionately intricate." - The Chicago Tribune"Darkly humorous, simultaneously restless and relentless." - Kirkus Reviews
"One day, the old man from apartment 3D dragged a heavy wood crate up the front steps of his building. "Don't scratch the paint with that junk," the owner of the building yelled. "I don't have the halls painted so you can scratch the paint right off." ..." This is an entertaining and informative story about Sukkot and features a clever twist. Other books by this author are available in this library.
THIEF, SWORDSMAN, AND WIZARDESS... AARON, Clan Heir, he had fled his people when his beloved was slain by his own father's command abandoning his training, duty, and beliefs to become a thief. A master of his trade, he now dared the odds in Ischia. city of the volcano where the price of being caught was death. DARVISH, prince of Ischia, third son of a king who had no intention of giving up his throne. The prince was a drunkard, a lover, and a wastrel, yet was gifted with sword skills and with the ability to charm all around him. But not even his charm could free him from the political marriage now being planned CHANDRA, born a princess, she had chosen to become a Wizard of the Nine, that rarest of beings, able to master all the forms that sorcery could take. Now. promised as Darvish's bride she undertook a desperate journey to Ischia to convince him they must not wed. Aaron. Darvish Chandra--three strangers whose fates were about to become intertwined. For someone had stolen The Stone, the magical talisman which stood between Ischia and the volcano's wrath. And unless the three could learn to work together on a quest to find The Stone. Ischia would drown in a sea of lava....
Cascading Style Sheets can turn humdrum websites into highly-functional, professional-looking destinations, but many designers merely treat CSS as window-dressing to spruce up their site's appearance. You can tap into the real power of this tool with CSS: The Missing Manual. This second edition combines crystal-clear explanations, real-world examples, and dozens of step-by-step tutorials to show you how to design sites with CSS that work consistently across browsers. Witty and entertaining, this second edition gives you up-to-the-minute pro techniques. You'll learn how to: Create HTML that's simpler, uses less code, is search-engine friendly, and works well with CSS Style text by changing fonts, colors, font sizes, and adding borders Turn simple HTML links into complex and attractive navigation bars -- complete with rollover effects Create effective photo galleries and special effects, including drop shadows Get up to speed on CSS 3 properties that work in the latest browser versions Build complex layouts using CSS, including multi-column designs Style web pages for printing With CSS: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, you'll find all-new online tutorial pages, expanded CSS 3 coverage, and broad support for Firebox, Safari, and other major web browsers, including Internet Explorer 8. Learn how to use CSS effectively to build new websites, or refurbish old sites that are due for an upgrade.
From the day he was born, Treacherous Freeman was never given a fair chance. He was raised by his father, a notorious gangster who deprived Treacherous of a normal childhood. Instead, he gave Treacherous an education in life on the streets of Virginia. When the time comes for Treacherous to make some sudden decisions, he has no idea they will land him in the very place that he is trying to avoid. Teflon Jackson is a beautiful woman who is the result of a horrible union. With a prostitute for a mother and a pimp for a father, Teflon's childhood was far from a fairytale. Witnessing her parents' abusive relationship, Teflon is determined not to follow in her mother's footsteps. When tragedy strikes and Teflon is forced into the streets to fend for herself, however, she finds herself relying on all the tricks her mother taught her. Treacherous and Teflon cross paths, and what starts out as a bad situation blossoms into an unbreakable bond. A bona fide gangster, Treacherous is confident that he can't lose, as long as he has his ride or die chick!Carl Weber Presents Ride or Die Chick: The Story of Treacherous and Teflon is about two people who come from nothing and are willing to sacrifice everything. This is a modern day tale of Bonnie and Clyde, built on a love that is stronger than that of Romeo and Juliet.
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
Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She'd always considered it destiny that they'd end up together...until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she'd ever felt before, and it's nothing she'll ever forget.Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York's premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she's felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar's decided to move on, Abe's realized she's the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who's been holding her back all these years.Read more about the New York Leopards in Rush Me and Running Back, available now! 82,000 words
An excellent, practical introduction to Zen meditation. Written in a warm and easily accessible style, this book appeals to anyone with an interest in meditation, Zen, or, as is often the case today, a combination of the two. The book emphasizes the importance of receiving good instruction and of finding groups to practice with, yet it lays out the necessary steps to practice Zen meditation on your own. The book includes easily followed exercises to help the reader along. For anyone looking to uncover a clear and insightful path into the philosophy and practice of Zen meditation, this book represents the culmination of that search.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Low Marks Away!Whether you're writing a report or a creative essay, the more you understand about the workings of the English language, the better you'll do. Write (Or Is That "Right"?) Every Time provides a fun-and-easy way to tackle tenses, sort out spelling slip-ups, put a full stop to punctuation problems, and conquer clauses. The book is divided into bite-size chunks, including: Goodness Gracious Grammar: Fun ways to tackle the parts of speech, tenses, conjunctions, and clauses, with rule breakers and amusing examples of bad grammar.Spelling Made Simple: Easy techniques to learn the rules-and exceptions- so you become a spelling whiz (or should that be whiz?).Punctuation Perfection: Effortless ways to conquer those punctuation dilemmas. From exclamation points, colons, and hyphens to all the commas in between.
The phrase "Kadam masters" evokes for many Tibetans a sense of a spiritual golden age--the image of a community of wise yet simple monks devoted to a life of mental cultivation. These eleventh- and twelfth-century masters were particularly famed for their pithy spiritual sayings that captured essential teachings in digestible bites. In these sayings one unmistakably detects a clear understanding of what comprises a truly happy life, one that is grounded in a deep concern for the welfare of others. Like the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Lao Tzu, or Rumi, the teachings contained in Wisdom of the Kadam Masters can be approached as a part of the wisdom heritage of mankind, representative of the long history of the long human quest to understand our existence and its meaning. This volume offers some of the most beloved teachings of the Tibetan tradition.
Here in one volume are the four collected works of one of America's most beloved and best-selling inspirational authors. In her classic best-seller The Game of Life, Florence Scovel Shinn reveals the timeless message that has helped thousands to solve their problems. You can create anything you want simply by aligning your thoughts and words with the perfect good that resides divinely within you. Combined with the powerful affirmation found in Your Word Is Your Wand and the stirring examples of real-life successes in the other two volumes, The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn provides a complete guide for learning how to turn defeat into victory, lack into prosperity, fear into faith, and resentment into love.
This engaging and accessible little book is filled with both humor and profound teaching. It presents 108 metaphors for mindfulness, meditation practice, the nature of the self, change, deep acceptance, and other related concepts that Dr. Kozak has cultivated over twenty-five years of meditating, practicing yoga, and working as a clinical psychologist. Metaphors are indispensable to understanding mindfulness, and to help deeply internalize it and make it a part of everyday life. These mentally catchy images can motivate us to practice, show us how and where to bring mindfulness to life in our personal experience, and help us employ powerful methods for transformation.
To know Lama Yeshe was to know he loved chocolate; it was his favorite metaphor to describe the nature of our attachments. This funny and trenchant little volume answers the question of how we can be happy even after the "chocolate" has run out. By cutting the cords of attachment, we discover the indestructible happiness that has always been--and always will be--available to us. Capturing the remarkable personality of Lama, who played an integral role in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the world, When the Chocolate Runs Out will delight both readers who have known Lama Yeshe for decades and those who have never encountered this timelessly inspiring teacher. At once lighthearted and profound, this delightful book of wisdom is a perfect companion to How to Be Happy by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
One bonus of getting older is that it gives us a great perspective on life ...and that includes plenty of humor! This collection of cartoons, quips, quotes, and insights introduces a new comedy genre: elderhumor. It captures the wry hilarity of our real-life sitcoms. Generational vocabulary gaps, miscommunications, preoccupation with health and comforts, foibles, disguises (for aging), even physical limitations -- all can have their funny sides when we're laughing at ourselves.One bonus of getting older is that it gives us a great perspective on life ...and that includes plenty of humor! This collection of cartoons, quips, quotes, and insights introduces a new comedy genre: elderhumor. It captures the wry hilarity of our real-life sitcoms. Generational vocabulary gaps, miscommunications, preoccupation with health and comforts, foibles, disguises (for aging), even physical limitations -- all can have their funny sides when we're laughing at ourselves. This book, a light-hearted gift for anyone who's 50-plus, is a memoryjogger too. Remember the Katzenjammer Kids? Jack Armstrong? Apple Mary? Check out your friends' ages by their responses to a "Vanishing Words" test (examples: "spider," "broomstick skirt," "running board," "the shag"). If you're still calling the refrigerator an "icebox," it's a giveaway -- you're probably over 60. What's So Funny about Getting Old? is brought to you by a comedy team of two. Ed Fischer is an award-winning cartoonist. Jane Thomas Noland, author of Laugh It Off (what's so funny about trying to lose weight?) is a books editor and a former Minneapolis Star Tribune feature writer. Both have delicious ways of looking at life. Both, like all the rest of us, are getting older. Laughter heals. Laughter helps. Laughter keeps us in shape emotionally and physically. Read this book and try it. You'll be convinced, as these authors are, that there's only one way to grow older -- with a healthy sense of humor!
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