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"Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end." --Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers on The Dirt Diary The Gossip File: Chandra lets little kids pee in the pool. Melody stole $ from the café register. Ava isn't who she says she is...Ava is cool. Ava is confident. Ava is really Rachel Lee who is lying her butt off. Rachel is visiting her dad at a resort in sunny Florida and is ready for two weeks of relaxing poolside, trips to Disney World - and NOT scrubbing toilets. Until her dad's new girlfriend, Ellie, begs Rachel to help out at her short-staffed café. That's when Rachel kinda sorta adopts a new identity to impress the cool, older girls who work there. Ava is everything Rachel wishes she could be. But when the girls ask "Ava" to help add juicy resort gossip to their file, Rachel's not sure what to do...especially when one of the entries is a secret about Ellie. Praise for award-winning Author Anna Staniszewski's The Dirt Diary series:"Staniszewski keeps the focus on comedy... Gentle fun laced with equally gentle wisdom." -Kirkus "Rachel's situation and feelings ring true...This realistic read is likely to appeal to middle schoolers and reluctant readers." -School Library Journal "I LOVED it...sweet, sensitive, and delicious!" --Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
GOSSIP FROM THRUSH GREEN returns readers to the delightful English village, neighbor to Fairacre, for a golden summer. But this sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity amongst the villagers. Rumor has it that Mr. Venables is considering retirement just as the village's teacher is about to make an important decision. Molly Curdle prepares for a new baby. The kindly vicar, Charles Henstock, works on his sermon -- quite unaware of the disaster that will overtake him. However, there is never any doubt that all will end well in this very English village.
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep-sometimes with each other. It's a luxe life, but someone's got to live it . . . until they die.So begins Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, a re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, featuring all new grisly scenes and over-the-top gore by #1 New York Times bestselling author Cecily von Ziegesar. Just as in the original story, Serena returns from boarding school hoping to make amends with her BFF Blair Waldorf--things just haven't been the same since Nate Archibald came between them. But here's where our dark tale takes a turn: Serena decides that the only way for her to make things right with Blair is to eliminate Nate. If that means killing him, well, c'est la vie. Her attempted murder doesn't go unnoticed by Blair, however, who isn't about to let Serena kill whoever she wants-not when there's Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everyone else who's ever irritated Blair to get rid of first . . . .American Psycho's Patrick Bateman has met his match in Manhattan's newest, most fabulous trendsetting serial killers, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen.
Abby, Bess, and Cristy are best friends-period, end of story. Until Bess said, "Zack's cute," and the two words sent the three friends into a tailspin. Zack, you see, was Abby's long, long, longtime crush. Gasp! Poor Abby has never even worried about the possibility of someone else liking Zack. Even if she had, she never would've suspected that the someone would be Bess! That leaves us with three puzzling questions about the three best friends: 1) Why didn't Bess think Zack was off-limits? 2) What will Abby do about it? And 3) Whose side is Cristy on anyway? For these three best friends, those three questions are just the beginning! .
A dishy, incisive exploration of gossip -- from celebrity rumors to literary romans à clef, personal sniping to political slander -- by one our "great essayists" (David Brooks). To his successful examinations of some of the most powerful forces in modern life -- envy, ambition, snobbery, friendship -- the keen observer and critic Joseph Epstein now adds Gossip. No trivial matter, despite its reputation, gossip, he argues, is an eternal and necessary human enterprise. Proving that he himself is a master of the art, Epstein serves up delightful mini-biographies of the Great Gossips of the Western World along with many choice bits from his own experience. He also makes a powerful case that gossip has morphed from its old-fashioned best -- clever, mocking, a great private pleasure -- to a corrosive new-school version, thanks to the reach of the mass media and the Internet. Gossip has invaded and changed for the worse politics and journalism, causing unsubstantiated information to be presented as fact. Contemporary gossip claims to reveal truth, but as Epstein shows, it's our belief in truth that gossip today threatens to undermine and destroy. Written in his trademark erudite and witty style, Gossip captures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject. The e-book includes a sample chapter from Snobbery by Joseph Epstein.
The debut title from The Armory, a new high-quality street-lit imprint edited by Bed-Stuy's Kenji Jasper.There a young man living in the infamous Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He is an orphaned college student trying to get through his sophomore year at age twenty-three, years behind the traditional undergraduates. His two best friends, Will and Chief, are an ex-drug dealer and a computer hacker. And his boss, Tony Star, is the most dangerous man in Brooklyn, an arch-criminal with enterprises legal and illegal across New York City and beyond.Our young man's job is to pick up the weekly take from Star's establishments and deliver it to him at the end of a night. It's one day's work a week for the kind of pay the fortunate get in a year. The money covers his tuition and the small apartment he rents in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Life is simple. And simple means good.Then everything falls out of balance. Someone decides to rob him for the week's take, and leave him for dead. His boss, being generous, gives him until the end of the night to recover what's been stolen. But as the night moves forward and people start dying, this young man begins to learn the hard way that his chosen way of life is nothing but an illusion.
"Turn me on in 50 words or less and I'll follow you home," writes editor and erotica aficionado Alison Tyler about her collection Got a Minute? When it comes to a breathless, clothes-in-a-heap romp or a naughty tease before the elevator doors slide open, who hasn't fantasized about quickies? Readers join in the fun when the lovers in Marie Potoczny's "The Other Side of Sleep" revel in the delicious pause between sleep and waking. Sharon Wachsler's "Perfect" is a love story that happens to include ropes, rough play, and butterfly pillows. Proving that a slow hand is not always better, these intense encounters deliver scintillating thrills in as little as 75 words. Fast and ferocious, the 60 short and spicy stories in Got a Minute? rev readers' motors and leave them aching for more. When it comes to hot sex, who doesn't have a minute?
You know what Lacey wants? For everyone to stop asking what her problem is. Likes there's one answer to that, anyway. Her problem is that everyone should leave her alone. Including her "best friends," who think they know everything. Because they don't.
AN IRRESISTIBLE NEW NOVEL FEATURING THE HIGH-SPIRITED HEROINE FROM THE BUM MAGNET! Charisse Tyson is about to say "I do" . . . But could the smart, sassy, curvaceous bride-to-be, who's more than paid her dues with a string of worthless ex-lovers, have good reason for second thoughts? What if her fiancÉ, Kevin Douglass--the gorgeous FBI agent who rescued her from a con artist boyfriend and promptly swept her off her feet--turns out to be like all the others? Rissey's worst nightmare comes true when, one week from their wedding day, they hit a major bump in the road--a baby bump, that is. Kevin reveals that a one-time liaison with his former FBI partner produced a lot more than a one-night stand. Thrown into a tailspin, Rissey turns to her beloved top-shelf vodka and her best friend Lamar, who makes no secret of his desire to replace Kevin. With her own family in upheaval when the father Rissey has never known enters her life and Kevin desperately trying to make things right, time is running out . . . will she and Kevin survive the drama and make it down the wedding aisle?
In order to be named "Most Popular Rotten Egg" in the school yearbook, fourth-grader Bernie Bridges must figure out a way to prove that he is the most popular student at Rotten School.
In a sorority, reputation is everything, and Cassidy Cross has a lot to prove. . . Even though Cassidy Cross is captain of the dance squad and gets good grades, it's her boy-crazy rep that makes her stand out on campus'and not in a good way. Hoping for a fresh start, she decides to pledge Beta Gamma Pi. But the sisters are determined to make Cassidy earn her letters. It's rough going--until her pledge sister, Isha, convinces her she's just got to find her faith. For the first time, Cassidy starts looking within her heart--and discovers some long-hidden secrets from her past that will teach her the true meaning of forgiveness, friendship, and what it really means to have it going on. . .
"We've been there. And as parents, we are right there with you."-Health and sexuality experts Logan Levkoff, PhD and Jennifer Wider, MDIn Got Teens?, the Doctor Moms combine their medical and psychological knowledge with their own personal experiences to address the most cringeworthy and difficult questions that kids often ask their parents. From "How old were you when you first had sex?" to "What's wrong with sharing my password with a friend I trust?" and beyond, Levkoff and Wider will help you decode your teens' questions to figure out what they really want to know. Topics include body development, emotional changes, bullying, social media, substance abuse, and more-giving parents the confidence to tackle these subjects with authority and compassion.me. Got Teens? is both supportive and empowering, and the warm, conversational style makes it simultaneously relatable and reassuring-a resource parents will return to again and again as their children get older.
What have you got when you Got the Life? From Korn's legendary bassist comes a no-holds-barred look at the extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows of the biggest heavy metal band of our era Music was in his bones. From the time he was an infant, Fieldy watched his dad's band perform, and soon enough he found his own calling: the bass. After high school, with a guitar and little else, he left his small California town for the music scene in L.A. Before long, Fieldy, Brian "Head" Welch, James "Munky" Shaffer, drummer David Silveria, and Jonathan Davis would gel together and form a band with a completely new sound-Korn. What happened next was something Fieldy had always dreamed of but was totally unprepared for: Korn exploded, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and fronting the nu metal phenomenon. Fieldy was thrust into the fast-paced, hard-rocking spotlight. Korn began to tour incessantly, creating intense live shows fueled by wild offstage antics. Fieldy became a rock star, and he acted like one, notorious not only for his one-of-a-kind bass lines, but also for his hard-partying, womanizing, bad-boy ways. The more drugs he took, the more booze he drank, the worse he became: He was unfaithful, abusive, mean, and sometimes violent. By all appearances, Fieldy had the life. But he was on the dark path of excess, alienating friends, families, and loved ones, nearly destroying himself and the band. It took an unexpected tragedy to straighten him out: the death of his father, a born-again Christian, to a mysterious illness. Following his father's dying wish, Fieldy found God. Filled with the spirit of his new faith, Fieldy quit drugs and drinking cold turkey, and found the best part of himself. With never-before-seen photos, and never-before-heard stories, Got the Life is raw, candid, and inspiring-the ultimate story of rock and redemption.
From bestselling author James Grippando comes the newest Jack Swyteck thriller, in a series that critics have called "riveting," "a winner," and "lapel grabbing." In Got the Look, Swyteck is up against a killer who's so fiendishly clever and diabolical that even Jack may have at last met his match.FBI agent Andie Henning is tracking a ruthless kidnapper plaguing south Florida, one who's out to prove that all human life can be valued in dollars and cents. But at every turn, he has slipped through her net. This time he's taken the wife of one of the state's richest horse breeders and is asking a ransom of $1 million. The stakes go up when Andie finds the woman -- dead.Enter Jack Swyteck. He has a new girlfriend, Mia, and life is good -- until she goes missing. Then Jack gets a one-two punch: he discovers that his lover is married, and her rich husband receives a ransom demand that pegs Mia as the kidnapper's latest victim. Worst of all, her husband knows all about the affair with Jack, and he decides to pay the kidnapper exactly what his cheating wife is worth: nothing. Feeling deceived, Jack at first resists getting involved. But as secrets unfold about Mia's strange marriage and mysterious past, Jack is in for a twisty ride that may bring him face-to-face with a madman.
From bestselling author James Grippando comes the newest Jack Swyteck thriller, in a series that critics have called "riveting," "a winner," and "lapel grabbing." In Got the Look, Swyteck is up against a killer who's so fiendishly clever and diabolical that even Jack may have at last met his match. FBI agent Andie Henning is tracking a ruthless kidnapper plaguing south Florida, one who's out to prove that all human life can be valued in dollars and cents. But at every turn, he has slipped through her net. This time he's taken the wife of one of the state's richest horse breeders and is asking a ransom of $1 million. The stakes go up when Andie finds the woman -- dead. Enter Jack Swyteck. He has a new girlfriend, Mia, and life is good -- until she goes missing. Then Jack gets a one-two punch: he discovers that his lover is married, and her rich husband receives a ransom demand that pegs Mia as the kidnapper's latest victim. Worst of all, her husband knows all about the affair with Jack, and he decides to pay the kidnapper exactly what his cheating wife is worth: nothing. Feeling deceived, Jack at first resists getting involved. But as secrets unfold about Mia's strange marriage and mysterious past, Jack is in for a twisty ride that may bring him face-to-face with a madman.
This is the first novel by Larry Duplechan in fifteen years, and the fourth to feature his alter ego protagonist Johnnie Ray Rousseau, a gay black man of Louisiana Creole stock. When we first met Johnnie Ray in the novel Blackbird, he was a gay teenager in love with the star of a high school play; now he's forty-eight, still handsome and gym-built, but admittedly vain and looking down the short road to fifty. In the midst of a midlife crisis, he falls for a much younger man with some serious Daddy issues; throughout it all, Johnnie Ray tries to look at love (and his life) from both sides now (to borrow a phrase from his idol Joni Mitchell). Got 'Til It's Gone is a queer romantic comedy for the ages.
It's "bead season" at slippery rock high. This year the bead-snatching grad game called "Gotcha" has been banned as an official school activity because the teachers have decided to put an end to a dangerous tradition. After paying an entry fee the players are given a bead and someone's name. The object of the game is to snatch the bead of your victim and take their name. The winner ends up with all the beads -- and all the money. After the game is banned it becomes even more appealing. The game goes underground and more grads than ever are participating. Katie is reluctant to join in, but as a member of grad council she feels she has to go along. The game quickly spins out of control. Katie finds herself losing friends and falling victim to her classmates' obsession with the game. She considers dropping out of the game but then devises a better way of getting even with her classmates. Katie finds herself sliding further and further down the chute that leads to disaster. Can she bring a safe end to this deadly game?
Revenge Is Never Outdated Sometimes, justice is a long time coming. That's the case with Julie Wyatt, whose story strikes close to home for the original founder of the Sisterhood, Myra Rutledge, and her best friend--and fellow Sister--Annie. Julie is convinced her greedy daughter-in-law Darlene had something to do with the mysterious circumstances surrounding her son Larry's death. She desperately wants to get a confession out of Darlene--and to ensure the safety of Larry's daughter, Olivia. As Myra, Annie, and their cohorts dig deeper into Darlene's shady dealings, events unfurl in a way that no one could have predicted, bringing to light the true meaning of loyalty and courage--and the kind of friendship that can create miracles. . .Praise for Fern Michaels and her Sisterhood novels. . ."Readers will enjoy seeing what happens when well-funded, very angry women take the law into their own hands." --Booklist on Weekend Warriors"Revenge is a dish best served with cloth napkins and floral centerpieces. . .fast-paced. . .puts poetic justice first."--Publishers Weekly on Payback
The Modern Art of Dark MagickAt night it's easy to see yourself as you really are: artistic, elegant, romantic, Goth. You're part of something that's beyond all the clichéd answers manufactured by mainstream society. You already know what color black to wear or why despair is a healthy response to the current state of the world. You've got taste in poetry, literature, vampirism, and know it's mundane life that has to change, so that you can howl, brood, rage, and passionately express your inner demons!So why not use a grimoire of unique dark magick to do just that?Brenda Knight, a Goth Witch, knows how to demystify the many misrepresentations surrounding the Goth movement. She also understands how to celebrate its positive, vital spirit. In Goth Magick, she will teach you to:*Cast spells, perform ritual, and animate charms*Create and empower supernatural tools for a Goth altar of high-sheen black and blood red*Truly inhabit Goth temples and other sacred spaces with a knowledge of feng shui, astrology, and tarot*Know Goth mythology and the history of dark magick*Celebrate your individualism while maintaining a connection to the spiritual tribeAnd much, much more.Welcome to Witchcraft's new dark age.
The Modern Art of Dark MagickAt night it's easy to see yourself as you really are: artistic, elegant, romantic, Goth. You're part of something that's beyond all the clichéd answers manufactured by mainstream society. You already know what color black to wear or why despair is a healthy response to the current state of the world. You've got taste in poetry, literature, vampirism, and know it's mundane life that has to change, so that you can howl, brood, rage, and passionately express your inner demons!So why not use a grimoire of unique dark magick to do just that?Brenda Knight, a Goth Witch, knows how to demystify the many misrepresentations surrounding the Goth movement. She also understands how to celebrate its positive, vital spirit. In Goth Magick, she will teach you to:*Cast spells, perform ritual, and animate charms*Create and empower supernatural tools for a Goth altar of high-sheen black and blood red*Truly inhabit Goth temples and other sacred spaces with a knowledge of feng shui, astrology, and tarot*Know Goth mythology and the history of dark magick*Celebrate your individualism while maintaining a connection to the spiritual tribeAnd much, much more. Welcome to Witchcraft's new dark age.
Since it first emerged from Britain's punk-rock scene in the late 1970s, goth subculture has haunted postmodern culture and society, reinventing itself inside and against the mainstream. Goth: Undead Subculture is the first collection of scholarly essays devoted to this enduring yet little examined cultural phenomenon. Twenty-three essays from various disciplines explore the music, cinema, television, fashion, literature, aesthetics, and fandoms associated with the subculture. They examine goth's many dimensions--including its melancholy, androgyny, spirituality, and perversity--and take readers inside locations in Los Angeles, Austin, Leeds, London, Buffalo, New York City, and Sydney. A number of the contributors are or have been participants in the subculture, and several draw on their own experiences. The volume's editors provide a rich history of goth, describing its play of resistance and consumerism; its impact on class, race, and gender; and its distinctive features as an "undead" subculture in light of post-subculture studies and other critical approaches. The essays include an interview with the distinguished fashion historian Valerie Steele; analyses of novels by Anne Rice, Poppy Z. Brite, and Nick Cave; discussions of goths on the Internet; and readings of iconic goth texts from Bram Stoker's Dracula to James O'Barr's graphic novel The Crow. Other essays focus on gothic music, including seminal precursors such as Joy Division and David Bowie, and goth-influenced performers such as the Cure, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson. Gothic sexuality is explored in multiple ways, the subjects ranging from the San Francisco queercore scene of the 1980s to the increasing influence of fetishism and fetish play. Together these essays demonstrate that while its participants are often middle-class suburbanites, goth blurs normalizing boundaries even as it appears as an everlasting shadow of late capitalism. Contributors: Heather Arnet, Michael Bibby, Jessica Burstein, Angel M. Butts, Michael du Plessis, Jason Friedman, Nancy Gagnier, Ken Gelder, Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Joshua Gunn, Trevor Holmes, Paul Hodkinson, David Lenson, Robert Markley, Mark Nowak, Anna Powell, Kristen Schilt, Rebecca Schraffenberger, David Shumway, Carol Siegel, Catherine Spooner, Lauren Stasiak, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History.
City restaurant is the hottest spot in Manhattan, the place where power meets ambition in an atmosphere rich with libidinous promise. Actors, agents, politicians, athletes, and Wall Street honchos jam the restaurant nightly, dealing, being seen, and, often, making their way into the next day's headlines. At the center of it all is City's most dedicated patron, Kyle Clayton. Kyle once wrote a novel that defined a generation, then parlayed that success into a decade of well-reported debauchery. Now he has shocked the literary world by falling in love with a Muslim woman and, more shocking still, converting to Islam. The idea of Kyle abstaining from any pleasure is a solar-plexus blow to New York nightlife. But abstention and New York are words that were never meant to be in the same sentence. Before Gotham Tragic is over, Clayton's new marriage unravels; the super-rich owner of City rides his success to a higher plane of hubris and faces the risk of incarceration; a waitress who graced one of Kyle's wilder nights returns to haunt his days; a Muslim doorman contemplates carrying out a fatwa against Kyle, who has betrayed his new faith in an irreverent short story; and everyone comes together at the New Year's Eve party of the century - at City, of course - in a frenzy of criminal indictments, misplaced emotions, lechery, squandered wealth, and the recognition that sometimes love is worth sacrifice.
This is the story of the monumental struggle between New York and the natural world. From Henry Hudson's discovery of Mannahatta to Hurricane Sandy, Gotham Unbound is Ted Steinberg's sweeping ecological history of one of the most man-made spots on earth.Here is a tale of "the world with us"--lots of us--a groundbreaking book that recounts the four-century history of how hundreds of square miles of open marshlands became home to six percent of the nation's population. Steinberg vividly brings a vanished New York back to life. You will see the metropolitan area anew, not just as a dense urban goliath but as an estuary once home to miles of oyster reefs, wolves, whales, and blueberry bog thickets. That world gave way to an onslaught managed by thousands, from Governor John Montgomerie, who turned water into land, and John Randel, who imposed a grid on Manhattan, to Robert Moses, Charles Urstadt, Donald Trump, and Michael Bloomberg. This book is a powerful account of the relentless development that New Yorkers wrought as they plunged headfirst into the floodplain and transformed untold amounts of salt marsh and shellfish beds into a land jam-packed with people, asphalt and steel, and the reeds and gulls that thrive among them. With metropolitan areas across the globe on a collision course with rising seas, Gotham Unbound is a penetrating history that helps explain how one of the most important cities in the world wound up in such a perilous situation.
An essential, fully illustrated guidebook to day-to-day Goth living There's more to being a Goth than throwing on some black velvet, dyeing your hair, and calling it a day (or a night). How do you dress with morbid flair when going to a job interview? Is there such a thing as growing too old to be a Goth? How do you explain to your grandma that it's not just a phase? Jillian Venters, a.k.a. "the Lady of the Manners," knows how to be strange and unusual without sacrificing politeness and etiquette. In Gothic Charm School, she offers the quintessential guide to dark decorum for all those who have ever searched for beauty in dark, unexpected places, embraced their individuality, and reveled in decadence . . . and for families and friends who just don't understand.
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