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Elinor Mackey has lived her life in perfect order: college, law school, successful corporate career, marriage. But suddenly her world is falling apart. In her late 30s, she's discovered that she and her podiatrist husband, Ted, can't have children. When Elinor withdraws from Ted into an interior world of heartbreak and anger, Ted begins an affair with Gina, the nutritionist at their gym - a young woman with an oddball son who adores Ted. Meanwhile, Elinor falls in love with the oak tree in her front yard, spreading out her sleeping bag to sleep under the stars. Lolly Winston's second novel looks beyond the manicured surface of suburbia to a world of loss, longing, lust and betrayal.
In the summer of 1974, a fourteen-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream. A dream to become an actress, like her idols Ron Howard and Vicki Lawrence. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn't help that she'd recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling. Or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement."But the funny thing is, it all came true. Through a series of happy accidents, Jane Lynch created an improbable--and hilarious--path to success. In those early years, despite her dreams, she was also consumed with anxiety, feeling out of place in both her body and her family. To deal with her worries about her sexuality, she escaped in positive ways--such as joining a high school chorus not unlike the one in Glee--but also found destructive outlets. She started drinking almost every night her freshman year of high school and developed a mean and judgmental streak that turned her into a real-life Sue Sylvester.Then, at thirty-one, she started to get her life together. She was finally able to embrace her sexuality, come out to her parents, and quit drinking for good. Soon after, a Frosted Flakes commercial and a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to a role in the Christopher Guest movie Best in Show, which helped her get cast in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Similar coincidences and chance meetings led to roles in movies starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and even Meryl Streep in 2009's Julie & Julia. Then, of course, came the two lucky accidents that truly changed her life. Getting lost in a hotel led to an introduction to her future wife, Lara. Then, a series she'd signed up for abruptly got canceled, making it possible for her to take the role of Sue Sylvester in Glee, which made her a megastar.Today, Jane Lynch has finally found the contentment she thought she'd never have. Part comic memoir and part inspirational narrative, this is a book equally for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success.WITH A FOREWORD BY CAROL BURNETThat anxiety and fear didn't help, nor did it fuel anything useful. My final piece of advice to twenty-year-old me: Be easy on your sweet self. And don't drink Miller Lite tall boys in the morning.
Happy Accidents is a fascinating, entertaining, and highly accessible look at the surprising role serendipity has played in some of the most important medical discoveries in the twentieth century. What do penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear, and Viagra have in common? They were each discovered accidentally, stumbled upon in the search for something else. In the 1990s, Pfizer had high hopes for a new drug that would boost blood flow to the heart. As they conducted trials on angina sufferers, researchers noted a startling effect: while the drug did not affect blood flow to the heart, it did affect blood flow elsewhere! Now over six million American men have taken Viagra in their lifetime.Winston Churchill once said, "Men occasionally stumble across the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened." Within the scientific community, a certain stigma is attached to chance discovery because it is wrongly seen as pure luck. Happy accidents certainly happen every day, but it takes intelligence, insight, and creativity to recognize a "Eureka, I found what I wasn't looking for!" moment and know what to do next. In discussing medical breakthroughs, Dr. Morton Meyers makes a cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, rather than purely linear, approach to science. And it may just save our lives!
Ellie O'Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before--and it isn't done with them yet. In this sequel novella to This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith revisits two beloved characters to tell the story of one magical night in Manhattan. When Ellie and Graham come face to face once more, can they get past the months of silence and the hurt feelings to find their happily-ever-after again? Word Count: ~18,000
Annika thinks she's heading for a carefree twenty-fifth anniversary holiday to an exotic Ischia spa with her husband. When she goes to his home office to retrieve his passport, she finds a beautifully wrapped box in a drawer and assumes it's her silver anniversary gift. The shock comes when at dinner at the resort, her husband hands her a gift certificate instead. She's sure now the present is intended for a lover, mostly likely one of her three closest friends, members of her Swedish-American women's group. But, with which one is he having an affair?While in Ischia, the engaging and enigmatic spa doctor takes an interest in her, and while Annika's husband searches for his lost iPhone, he takes her on sightseeing excursions. When he makes an unexpected discovery, their relationship deepens.Back in Greenwich, Connecticut, her adolescent children create a temporary distraction, as Annika struggles with her suspicions, her family obligations and through continuing emails, her growing attraction to the doctor she left behind in Italy.
This fresh, empowering, and fully comprehensive guide is the must-have handbook for every working mom! Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio have helped readers find their dream jobs, be a boss without being bitchy, and even start companies of their own. But what happens when a career girl becomes a mom and her world turns upside down? Can you maintain your ambition and momentum at work while still being the kind of parent you want to be?Of course you can! In Happy at Work, Happy at Home, Caitlin and Kim guide readers through every step on the road to having it all, offering detailed, practical advice in their trademark style. Working mothers themselves, these authors know what it means to juggle the demands of office and home, and they're here to help the rest of us.From first breaking the news that you're pregnant, to making the most of your maternity leave, to getting the help you need from your partner and childcare professionals, this book is a must-have resource for a whole generation of working women who aspire to keep their careers on track and their home life running smoothly (without losing their minds). As the title suggests, the insightful tips from both the authors and from intimate and eye-opening interviews with other successful moms will help all working mothers on their quest to be satisfied, fulfilled, and happy at work and at home. From the Hardcover edition.
20+ 30+ years of dating fiascos60+ down-home, comforting recipes 1 pink baking hammer, with apron & lip gloss to match Many (many) bottles of wine Too many tears A whole lotta laughter Yields: 1 Very Happy Baker We've all been there. The blind date from hell. The Big Hurt. The guy who details his various surgeries over Caesar salad on the first date. Who needs a pint of rocky road when you can head to the kitchen and work out your heartache with a whisk and a bottle of wine? Erin Bolger has been there, dated that and baked through it all. Turns out the more bitter the heartbreak, the sweeter the batter. So don't cry over bad dates, bad boyfriends or bad breakups--whip up a batch of My-Mom-Didn't-Like-You-Anyway Cupcakes and bake yourself happy.
Close your eyes and make a wish - Alison Tyler has a sexy present for grown-up birthday girls and boys.Forget the French perfume and the boxes of candy, the Hallmark cards and the gift certificates. The birthdays in this collection are observed in more carnal ways, with suitably sexy presents for all. In Simone Harlow's "Happy Birthday," a tough policewoman gets the tables turned when "naked Nick" arrives to tame her. In Marilyn Jaye Lewis's "The Birthday Party," an unexpected ménage a trois in the dark proves the perfect gift. And in Kate Laurie's "Her Birthday Suit," two women give their skeptical girlfriend a stud who insists, "A promise is a promise. I can't leave you until you are absolutely satisfied."
Cookie Monster plans a party to celebrate his birthday, but before the guests arrive, he can't resist a tiny taste of the cake. It isn't long before the cake disappears. Fortunately, Cookie's friends help him solve his party dilemma in a story that makes learning to read a piece of cake.
It's a day like no other! Amy's birthday is coming up. She's turning 13. Now she'll be an official teenager -- and she wants to celebrate with a real blow-out. But on the big day, Amy wakes up and is definitely not ready to party. Her appearance is somewhat unexpected. Her growing pains have taken on . . . well, unusual proportions. Her family and friends don't know what to do. Amy may be an extraordinary girl, but can she ever be just a normal teenager?
As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Beany is sorry to see Andy leave for the Marines. But she is excited to discover an old friend, Miggs Carmody, has come back to town. When the girls meet again, however, Miggs and her family seem changed, due to new wealth and their association with Mr. Carmody's cousin, the frosty and conniving Helena Stearns. Meanwhile, Beany's dad is investigating an oil company in which the Carmodys are involved. Helping Mr. Malone is an attractive young man, Hank Willison, and he and Beany become interested in each other. The unpredictable Norbett Rhodes is also in the picture as this turbulent episode unfolds.
From the book: It's Jesse Bear's birthday and everyone's invited to the party! Bouncy, rhyming text and cheerful illustrations show all the child- pleasing details that surround this happy event. There are colorful decorations, lots of balloons, gaily wrapped presents, new toys to play with, exciting games, a big cake with candles to blow out, goodies to eat, and a special gift from Mama and Papa. Three cheers for Jesse Bear! Children will be thrilled to join in the fun once again with the hero of Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?; Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear; Ho Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear?; and It's About Time, Jesse Bear.
Josefina is pleased and proud when her godmother, Tia Magdalena, asks for her help with springtime chores. Ti a Magdalena is a respected healer in the village, and Josefina hopes very much to become a healer just like her someday. Then one afternoon at Tia Magdalena's house, while helping her god-mother, Josefina makes an awful mistake that shatters her hopes. She's sure Tia Magdalena will never teach her now! But when Josefina visits her Pueblo Indian friend Mariana, a terrifying adventure shows her just how much she's already learned-and teaches her something important about herself. Josefina's birthday becomes a celebration of bravery, hope-and second chances
Exciting new things come to the Larsons' farm in Minnesota in the springtime-including a big new barn and a tiny new baby. But changes bring new worries and more work for Kirsten, too. First she is afraid for Mama's health. Then caring for a baby keeps her so busy that her life seems to be nothing but chores. Soon Kirsten doesn't even have time to help with the surprise she and her friends are planning for their teacher, Miss Winston. And when she has to miss school to help out at home, she worries that her friends will forget her. But Kirsten's hard work is rewarded, and her tenth birthday becomes a celebration of family and friendship.
An eloquent and powerful introduction to the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. This simplified summation leaves out most of the details, while bringing the essence of his life and work to young readers. A foreword offers options for softening the facts surrounding his murder for preschoolers.
When a bear discovers that the moon shares his birthday, he buys the moon a beautiful hat as a present.
Two amateur sleuths track down Mrs. Pickett's missing birthday cake.
Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living. Since her long-ago divorce, she's created a successful TV show and reached the pinnacle of her profession, with a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? Because all the hours with her personal trainer, hairdressers, and cosmetic surgeons can't fudge the truth: Valerie is turning sixty. Valerie's daughter, April, spends every last ounce of her energy on her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York. She has no love life and no prospects. Ready or not, though, April's life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She's thirty. And what does she have to show for it? Jack Adams is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he still has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age. In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration--and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.
Believe it or not, Rotten Ralph turns 25 this spring. During that quarter century, he has entertained many young children with his shenanigans, which are more often than not rather naughty. Young readers and listeners will delight in helping Ralph celebrate his birthday in this all-new recording of Happy Birthday, Rotten Ralph, read by author Jack Gantos, who brings Ralph to life with this lively reading. This resealable package comes with a paperback and a two-sided cassette tape. The audio production includes lively sound effects and original music. Side one includes page-turn signals; side two features an uninterrupted reading.
Sophie Hartley is almost sure that her dad said okay when she asked for a baby gorilla for her birthday. Soon the kids at school want to know every detail about the gorilla, and dealing with her enthusiastic classmates gets harder as the big day approaches. When teenage sister Nora leaves their shared bedroom for her own space in the attic, and close friend Jenna shows signs of becoming a shrieker, Sophie finds it hard to remain optimistic. Maybe painting her windowsills purple will help. And maybe she'll get the perfect present! Funny and believable, the story of a big birthday will please old and new Sophie fans.
For very young readers, Thomas the train engine thinks that all the other engines are too busy to help him celebrate his birthday but he is in for a big surprise.
It's Thomas' birthday, but where are all the presents, balloons, and silly hats? Thomas thinks his friends have forgotten, but they may have a surprise for him.
From the book jacket: Bailey City is full of some pretty weird grown-ups. It is the perfect place for the spooky Hauntly Manor Inn. Could Kilmer's great-grandfather Franklin really be a ghost? Check out who's visiting the Hauntly Manor Inn. "I have a strange feeling about Kilmer's great-grandfather," Jane said. She paused to make sure no one else was around. Jane took a deep breath and told them, "I think Franklin is a ghost." Ben laughed. "You're nuts," he said. Jane stomped her foot. "I am not. You're the one that said he was on the Titanic. I think he died on the Titanic and became a ghost. That's what he meant when he said his life began the day the Titanic sank." Annie patted Jane on the back. "Kilmer's great-grandfather is old," Annie said, "but that doesn't make him a ghost."
It's Nina's birthday and she's going to have the best birthday party ever. But someone or something is trying to scare Nina and her party guests. Did one of the classroom ghosts follow her home? Or is Nina's birthday party being haunted by something much scarier than a Ghostville ghost? Nina and her friends can't be sure. But they know one thing: It's time to bust these birthday bashers - once and for all!