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A bestselling hot, hilarious eBook by USA TODAY indie author Alice Clayton, the freshest voice to hit publishing in years. "An instant classic...highly recommended!" (New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer Probst).Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we're not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she's ever heard. Every moan, spank, and--was that a meow?--punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has--yep, you guessed it--no O. Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has...well...mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension's gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.
The revolutions of 1989 were as pivotal a moment in European history as 1917, 1848, or 1789--yet almost no one saw them coming until nearly the last moment: not Washington, Moscow, the Communist regimes, nor even the victorious rebels themselves. But as Gale Stokes shows in this powerful new history--the most comprehensive, analytical, and readable of its kind-- momentum for change had been building since 1968, momentum which soon drove past Gorbachev-inspired reforms to outright revolution. In The Walls Came Tumbling Down, Stokes provides a compelling account of the Eastern European struggle for democracy, from the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 through the most recent elections. Stokes vividly describes the thinkers, leaders, and events in each country, showing how the crushing of the Prague Spring had sparked the final disillusionment in Eastern Europe that culminated in the revolts of 1989. In Poland, workers struck again and again to force the government to negotiate, culminating in the creation of Solidarity. Solidarity, he writes, was skillfully led by Lech Walesa, who helped create a "self-limiting" revolution. Under General Jeruzclski's martial law, it fostered a civil society which proved so successful that Warsaw was forced to recognize the union. In Czechoslovakia, intellectuals turned to "anti-politics," forming Charter 77 to demand that the government abide by its own laws and agreements on civil rights. Stokes also explores the actions of rulers and governments, from Ceausescu's self- glorification to Hungary's official turn toward a more market-based economy.
"Wise, witty, readable, and very, very useful. A tour de force from the world's leading authority on branding." --Anthony Hopwood, Said Business School, Oxford Brands are a cultural phenomenon of our time. Yet, whether praised or derided, they have suffered from a critical debate characterized by routine thinking, glib assumptions, or mere prejudice. Wally Olins draws on a lifetime of marketing experience to explain why it is time to throw the old mission statements away, what happens when a brand goes global, when we shouldn't automatically assume that the customer comes first, and how it might be good news that branding is set to spread even further. Above all, Olins provides a positive rejoinder to the new orthodoxies of the "No Logo" critics of branding by showing how they confuse their views about brands with their views about capitalism. As he argues, brands are no longer just about corporations, products, and services. In fact, all the significant institutions in our lives--the towns, cities, regions, or countries in which we live, our sports teams and museums, our consumer groups and charities--are given strength, identity, a defining role, and a satisfying cohesion via branding, one of the most significant social--as well as business--developments of modern times. Always wise, questioning, and iconoclastic, Wally Olins takes us to the literal heart of the matter: our crucial neglect of the way in which consumer decisions about brands are as emotional as all the other important decisions in our lives. For everyone in marketing, advertising, design, and business, and for anyone who wants to understand how the world works in the early twenty-first century, this is one of those rare books that breaks the mold.
It takes about sixty-three days to make a litter of puppies, but sixty-three years later the people who loved those puppies remember the dogs they became. When a puppy that fit into a baseball cap entered bestselling author and shepherd Marsha Boulton's life she had no idea he was really a rambunctious kid in a dog suit. Wally (named after the poet Wallace Stevens), a loopy-nosed bull terrier whose face looked like a bicycle seat with eyes, became more of an experience than a dog from the moment he arrived at Lambs' Quarters Farm. He proved to be a valuable hand on the farm and an even more valuable companion. The spoiled, personality-loaded, soccer-playing pup quickly developed a penchant for high-thread-count linens, organic beef, and gourmet cooking. Life was good. Then all hell broke loose. An intense legal battle engulfed Marsha's partner, Stephen, and plunged the couple into a punishing, decade-long struggle. During that time Marsha was also diagnosed with cancer. With his indomitable spirit and wild enthusiasms, Wally's unrelenting appetite for life and carpe diem attitude renewed the couple's ability to step outside themselves and gave them the strength and perspective they needed to persevere. Whether playing class clown at puppy school or looking up the skirts of judges at dog shows, Wally the Wonder Dog ensured that serious laughter was a daily routine. Wally's World is a raucous memoir, a roller-coaster ride with an irrepressible partner in paws who is impossible to forget.
This grand novel encompasses nearly all of Yugoslavia's tumultuous twentieth century, from the decline of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires through two world wars, the rise and fall of communism, the breakup of the nation, and the terror of the shelling of Dubrovnik. Tackling universal themes on a human scale, master storyteller Miljenko Jergovic traces one Yugoslavian family's tale as history irresistibly casts the fates of five generations. What is it to live a life whose circumstances are driven by history? Jergovic investigates the experiences of a compelling heroine, Regina Delavale, and her many family members and neighbors. Telling Regina's story in reverse chronology, the author proceeds from her final days in 2002 to her birth in 1905, encountering along the way such traumas as atrocities committed by Nazi Ustashe Croats and the death of Tito. Lyrically written and unhesitatingly told, The Walnut Mansion may be read as an allegory of the tragedy of Yugoslavia's tormented twentieth century.
Walt Disney's imagination made him an all-star in American history, and his childhood is where it all began!Walter Elias "Walt" Disney had a huge impact on the entertainment industry as an animator, film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and international icon. But what was the original voice of Mickey Mouse like as a kid? In this narrative biography, you'll learn about the childhood of the boy who grew up to win and be nominated for more Academy Awards than anyone else in history!
Here is the timeless tale of beautiful Cinderella who is forced into a life of misery by her evil stepmother and stepsisters. But Cinderella has a fairy Godmother looking after her, and she comes to Cinderella's aid just when Cinderella needs her.
Basil the Mouse Detective helps Olivia rescue her father from the evil Ratigan.
The animal friends of the boy raised by wolves escort him out of the jungle to keep him safe from the tiger who seeks to kill him.
The story of Mowgli who was raised by wolves and lived in the jungle. Adapted from the Mowgli stories by Rudyard Kipling.
Pooh and his friends love summer! See what they do until summer is over. Limited picture descriptions present.
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In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work that defined him as one of America's most influential voices and that he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual emancipation, and what it meant to be an American. From the joyful "Song of Myself" and "I Sing the Body Electric" to the elegiac "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," Whitman's art fuses oratory, journalism, and song in a vivid celebration of humanity. Containing all Whitman's known poetic work, this edition reprints the final, or "deathbed," edition of Leaves of Grass (1891-92). Earlier versions of many poems are also given, including the 1855 "Song of Myself." Features a completely new--and fuller--introduction discussing the development of Whitman's poetic career, his influence on later American poets, and his impact on the American cultural sensibility Includes chronology, updated suggestions for further reading, and extensive notes. Edited, with an introduction and notes by Francis Murphy.
Benjamin's sentences provoke us to return to them again and again, luring us as though with the promise of some final revelation that is always being postponed. He is by turns fierce and tender, melancholy and ebullient; he is at once classically rooted, even archaic, in his explorations of the human psyche and the world of things, and strikingly progressive in his attitude toward society and what he likes to call the organs of the collective (its architectures, fashions, signboards). Throughout, he displays a far-sighted urgency, judging the present on the basis of possible futures. And he is gifted with a keen sense of humor. Mysterious though he may sometimes be (his Latvian love, Asia Lacis, once described him as a visitor from another planet), Benjamin remains perhaps the most consistently surprising and challenging of critical writers.
Imprisoned in the Tower of London after the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603, Sir Walter Ralegh spent the next seven years producing his massive "History of the World. "Created with the aid of a library of more than five hundred books he was allowed to keep in his quarters, this incredible work of English vernacular would become a best-seller with nearly twenty editions, abridgments, and continuations issued in the years that followed. aNicholas Popper uses RaleghOCOs "History" as a touchstone in this lively exploration of the culture of history writing and historical thinking in the late Renaissance. From Popper we learn why early modern Europeans ascribed heightened value to the study of the past and how scholars and statesmen began to see historical expertise as not just a foundation for political practice and theory, but a means of advancing their power in the courts and councils of contemporary Europe. The rise of historical scholarship during this period encouraged the circulation of its methods to other disciplines, transforming EuropeOCOs intellectualOCoand politicalOCoregimes. More than a mere study of RaleghOCOs book, PopperOCOs book reveals how the methods historians devised to illuminate the past structured the dynamics of early modernity in Europe and England. "
Walter's trouble started early one morning when his cat was chasing a mouse. The milk for the bread was tipped over. Walter had no more milk, so he put water in the dough. Oh, no! Poor Walter! But don't worry, Walter gets another chance, and if you finish the book you'll know what Walter made. (I bet you like to eat it, too.)
"The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in."<P><P> Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Sophie's cousin Cody isn't sure he has the strength to prove himself to the crew and to his father. Through Sophie's and Cody's travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the daily challenges of surviving at sea as The Wanderer sails toward its destination -- and its passengers search for their places in the world.<P> Newbery Honor Book
A haunting literary debut set in the forbidding remote tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Traditions that have lasted for centuries, both brutal and beautiful, create a rigid structure for life in the wild, astonishing place where Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan meet-the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It is a formidable world, and the people who live there are constantly subjected to extremes-of place and of culture. The Wandering Falcon begins with a young couple, refugees from their tribe, who have traveled to the middle of nowhere to escape the cruel punishments meted out upon those who transgress the boundaries of marriage and family. Their son, Tor Baz, descended from both chiefs and outlaws, becomes "The Wandering Falcon," a character who travels among the tribes, over the mountains and the plains, into the towns and the tents that constitute the homes of the tribal people. The media today speak about this unimaginably remote region, a geopolitical hotbed of conspiracies, drone attacks, and conflict, but in the rich, dramatic tones of a master storyteller, this stunning, honor-bound culture is revealed from the inside. Jamil Ahmad has written an unforgettable portrait of a world of custom and compassion, of love and cruelty, of hardship and survival, a place fragile, unknown, and unforgiving. .
"WHAT DO YOU get when you cross Harry Potter with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Wandering Warrior, Da Chen's first book of fiction. . . . Whiz-bang action at every turn. . . . A culturally poignant and energetic adventure story. "--USA Today "There is much to enjoy, particularly the unusual kung fu backdrop, which makes an intriguing setting for a fantasy adventure. "--Publishers Weekly "The story skips quickly along, moving from one exciting, richly described scene to another. "--Booklist "It is a wild ride, perfect for high-energy teens who might not otherwise spend their time reading. "--VOYA From the Hardcover edition.
Broke and unemployed, Jumper Sirantha Jax accepts a diplomatic mission for the government -- only to find herself up against Syndicate criminals, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body.
There were nine major planets in the Solar System, and it was within their boundaries that man first set up interplanetary commerce and began trading with the ancient Martian civilization. And then they discovered a tenth planet - a maverick!This tenth world, if it had an orbit, had a strange one, for it was heading inwards from interstellar space, heading close to the Earth-Mars spaceways, upsetting astronautic calculations and raising turmoil on the two inhabited worlds.But even so none suspected then just how much trouble this new world would make. For it was WANDL THE INVADER and it was no barren planetoid. It was a manned world, manned by minds and monsters and traveling into our system with a purpose beyond that of astronomical accident!
Ben is excited and more than a little nervous when he receives a strange package on his birthday. Inside are photographs of himself . . . with an alien! The other contents are just as weird-a note, a tape, and two warm vein-covered rocks. Even when he finds out that his friend Jason ordered the gift from a "Wanna Buy an Alien?" ad in a tabloid, Ben can't shake the feeling that it's all real-especially when events begin unfolding just as the contents of the package had predicted.
Kathy Sue Miller was a beautiful 16-year-old innocent when she answered the inviting job ad. Even the police were shocked when they found her...
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