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As Good As I Could Be: A Memoir of Raising Wonderful Children in Difficult Times

by Susan Cheever

The author writes about the trials and joy of raising her children

As Good as She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson, Christina-Taylor Green

by Roxanna Green Jerry B. Jenkins

By the time the shooting ended on that cloudless January day in front of a Tucson grocery store, 19 innocent people lay wounded, dead, or dying. Among the gravely wounded was U. S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

As Husbands Go

by Susan Isaacs

Susie B Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten was sure her marriage to Jonah Gersten, MD--adoring spouse and doting father to their young triplets--was perfection. But when the Park Avenue plastic surgeon is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of second-rate "escort" Dorinda Dillon, nothing makes sense to Susie--not Jonah's sexual liaison with someone like Dorinda, not the over-the-top politeness of Jonah's partners, and definitely not being universally pitied (widow of murder victim!) and quietly mocked (husband paid for sleazy sex!) by everyone she knows. Then her tough-talking, super-chic grandma Ethel flies in from Miami, and together they take on Jonah's snooty parents, his egotistical colleagues, the NYPD, and the DA as Susie tries to prove that her wonderful life with her husband was no lie. her toughtalking, high-style Grandma Ethel who flies in from Miami, she takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband's partners, the NYPD, and the DA (is the person arrested for the homicide the actual perp, or just an easy mark for a prosecutor who hates the word "unsolved"?), as she tries to prove that her wonderful life with Jonah was no lie. Susan Isaacs brilliantly turns the conventions of the mystery on end as Susie Gersten, suburban mom, floral designer, and fashion plate, searches not so much for answers to her husband's death as for answers to her own life.

As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner

"I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall." --William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members--including Addie herself--as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 11-12 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

As I Lay Dying: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism

by William Faulkner Michael Gorra

"As I Lay Dying" is one of William Faulkner's greatest works and the most accessible of his major novels. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1985 corrected text and is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations.

As I Live and Breathe: Notes of a Patient-Doctor

by Jamie Weisman

From the Publisher: Jamie Weisman was a patient long before she was a doctor. She was born with a rare defect in her immune system that leaves her prey to a range of ailments and crises and that, because it is treatable but not curable, will keep her a patient for life. Her history has graced her with a deeper perspective -- a second sight, in a sense -- on the body itself, in all its frailty, glory, and irreducible mystery. In this probing and inspiring book, Weisman brings her sojourns on both sides of the doctor-patient divide to bear on the issues of the flesh that preoccupy us all. She considers the randomness of illness, and the fears and fortitude it calls forth in those it strikes. She weighs the economic and moral value of sustaining any given life. She explores the vulnerabilities of the body and of those who care for it, including their capacity for error. And she conveys, by eloquent example, that the only cure for the fear of death is living. As I Live and Breathe is a view of medicine from both sides of the trenches, embracing the patient's fervent desire for health and the doctor's fervent desire to grant it. It is a worthy addition to the best that has been written about our physical selves, a meditation on our extraordinary powers of healing and the limitations that leave intact the miracle and tragedy of being.

As If: An Autobiography

by Herbert Blau

"From his childhood in the ''Jewish heart'' of Brooklyn to his memorable production of Endgame in the 1960s, Herbert Blau''s autobiography provides not only more of Blau''s penetrating insights into dramatists like Beckett and into the complex cross-currents of the American experimental theatre of this turbulent period. It is also a rich, deeply felt and powerfully expressed chronicle of cultural change that goes far beyond specific theatrical productions to offer a valuable personal view of the years that did so much to shape the contemporary world, expressed by one of the theatre community''s most original and articulate thinkers. " ---Marvin Carlson, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York "Herb Blau''s memoir---of his life, but also of an era---captures what has always been important about his work. ''Blooded thought,'' he taught us to call it---the embodied process of ''finding yourself divided, in the embrace of what''s remembered. '' His vivid account of childhood in a particular kind of American neighbourhood is complemented by reflection on his years in San Francisco when the theatre and the Cold War unfolded as mutual antagonists in his personal drama. Acute, insightful, and sometimes painful, it is also an intellectual page-turner. " ---Janelle Reinelt, University of Warwick "I readAs Iffrom cover to cover, engaged and powerfully moved by a familiar brilliance . . . Blau holds an utterly unique place in twentieth-century American theater, in American culture, and in theater theory and practice. " ---Elin Diamond, Rutgers University "Few theater practitioners have had comparable influence in American theater; few have endured such intoxicating highs and dispiriting lows; none, arguably, has reflected so deeply and sharply about so wide a spectrum of first-hand practical experience. " ---Linda Gregerson, University of Michigan "Masterful . . . a brilliant and touching book written with honesty and humility . . . In addition, it serves as an admirable introduction to Blau''s theories, providing a context for his complex and sometimes difficult ideas. " ---John Lutterbie, Stony Brook University As If: An Autobiographytraces the complex life and career of director, scholar, and theorist Herbert Blau, one of the most innovative voices in the American theater. From his earliest years on the streets of Brooklyn, with gang wars there, to the often embattled, now-legendary Actor''s Workshop of San Francisco, the powerfully told story of Blau''s first four decades is also a social history, moving from the Great Depression to the cold war, with fallout from "the balance of terror" on what he once described in an incendiary manifesto asThe Impossible Theater. Blau has always forged his own path, from his activist resistance to the McCarthy witch hunts to his emergence as a revolutionary director whose work included the controversial years at The Workshop, which introduced American audiences to major playwrights of the European avant-garde, including Brecht, Beckett, Genet, and Pinter. There is also an account here of that notorious production ofWaiting for Godotat the maximum-security prison at San Quentin, which became the insignia of the Theater of the Absurd. Blau went on from The Workshop to become codirector of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, and then founding provost of California Institute of the Arts, where he developed and became artistic director of the experimental group KRAKEN. Currently Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington, Blau has been visionary in the passage from theater to theory, and his many influential and award-winning books includeThe Dubious Spectacle: Extremities of Theater, 1976-2000; Sails of the Herring Fleet: Essays on Beckett; Nothing in Itself: Complexions of Fashion; To All Appearances: Ideology and Performance; The Audience; The Eye of Prey: Subversions of the Postmodern; and Take Up the Bodies: Theater at the Vanishing Point. This richly evocative book includes never-before-published photogra...

As If Being 12¾ Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!

by Donna Gephart

As if being 12 3/4 isn't bad enough, Vanessa Rothrock's mother is running for president and it's ruining her life. Isn't it enough that her enormous feet trip her up all the time, even on stage during the school spelling bee? Isn't it enough that Reginald Trumball, love of Vanessa's pathetic life, read her personal and private list of deficiencies to some boy she doesn't even know? And that the Boob Fairy hasn't visited her even once?! Doesn't Mom realize that Vanessa needs her more than the rest of the country? More importantly, doesn't she realize that she may be in grave danger? Vanessa's receiving threatening notes at school-notes that imply some psycho has it out for her mother at the Democratic National Convention. Vanessa might be the only person who can save her. But does she have the courage to do what that requires? From the Hardcover edition.

As if by Magic

by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Praise for Dolores Gordon-Smith: "With vision and vigor, Gordon-Smith pulls off another Golden Age delight."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "A classic postwar country-house mystery with a Christie-like denouement."--Kirkus Reviews "Dorothy Sayers fans will be most rewarded."--Publishers Weekly Freezing and hungry, George Lassiter breaks into a stranger's house where he witnesses a murder. But when the police find no evidence, they--and George's friend Jack Haldean--believe George was delirious. Dangerous events soon prove everyone wrong. Dolores Gordon-Smith is the author of two previous mysteries in the Jack Haldean series. She graduated from Surrey University in 1981.From the Hardcover edition.

As If God Existed

by Maurizio Viroli

Religion and liberty are often thought to be mutual enemies: if religion has a natural ally, it is authoritarianism--not republicanism or democracy. But in this book, Maurizio Viroli, a leading historian of republican political thought, challenges this conventional wisdom. He argues that political emancipation and the defense of political liberty have always required the self-sacrifice of people with religious sentiments and a religious devotion to liberty. This is particularly the case when liberty is threatened by authoritarianism: the staunchest defenders of liberty are those who feel a deeply religious commitment to it. Viroli makes his case by reconstructing, for the first time, the history of the Italian "religion of liberty," covering its entire span but focusing on three key examples of political emancipation: the free republics of the late Middle Ages, the Risorgimento of the nineteenth century, and the antifascist Resistenza of the twentieth century. In each example, Viroli shows, a religious spirit that regarded moral and political liberty as the highest goods of human life was fundamental to establishing and preserving liberty. He also shows that when this religious sentiment has been corrupted or suffocated, Italians have lost their liberty. This book makes a powerful and provocative contribution to today's debates about the compatibility of religion and republicanism.

The As If Principle

by Richard Wiseman

Victorian philosopher William James had a theory about emotion and behavior: It isn't that our feelings guide our actions (feel happy and you will laugh). On the contrary, it is our actions that guide our emotions (laugh and you will feel happy). This led James to a remarkable conclusion: "If you want a quality, act as if you already have it." Roused by James's astonishing discovery, renowned psychologist and bestselling author Richard Wiseman confirms James's principle and shows how the self-help genre has for too long put the cart before the horse in trying to help us take control of our lives. Bringing to the table a dazzling array of firsthand experiments, surprising histories, and psychological case studies, Wiseman illustrates in brilliant detail how we can apply this principle in our daily lives: --Smile to become measurably happier --Wash your hands to drive away guilt --Clench your fist to increase your willpower --Eat with your non-dominant hand to lose weight --Nod while speaking to become more persuasive --Act like a newlywed to rekindle your marriage Lively, engaging, and truly mind-changing, The As If Principle is that rare gem that offers real, workable solutions for your day-to-day goals while helping you to instantly take control of your emotions. Whether it's quitting a bad habit, persevering through a difficult task, or achieving your dream self, The As If Principle can help. Don't just think about changing your life. Do it.

As If You Never Left Me

by Katriena Knights

Rey and Joely Birch had what they thought was a perfect marriage. Then, suddenly, it all fell apart. Joely left Rey in a fit of anger, moving halfway across the country to make a new life for herself in Colorado.Now, fourteen months later, she's happy with how things are going, running a classy boutique in the mountains, creating ceramic art, and seeing her business already in the black. But then one day she looks up and Rey is standing in the middle of her shop. Sexy as ever and asking for a second chance. The last thing Joely wants is to let herself be hurt again. But he's still Rey, still the man she fell in love with, still the man who can send her heart racing with a look. And Joely's having a very hard time resisting him.Rey knows he screwed up the best thing he ever had when he let Joely slip away. Now he has a chance to prove to her he can be the right man for her again. He wants time to be her husband again, to show her how he truly feels. And it looks like she's going to give it to him. She's willing to accept a date - even willing to let him sleep on the couch in her tiny mountain cabin. Bit by bit, he'll chip away at the wall she's built around herself. A piece at a time, he'll put his heart back together for her.But will his carefully laid plans disintegrate when she finds out what really brought him to Colorado?Sensuality Level: Hot

As Iron Sharpens Iron: Building Character in a Mentoring Relationship

by Howard G. Hendricks William D. Hendricks

Think about the people who influenced your life most. Why did they do it? What did they do? How did they go about it? Answer these questions and you will be hooked on mentoring for the rest of your life. In As Iron Sharpens Iron, respected authors Howard and Bill Hendricks show that the most dramatic spiritual and personal growth often happens through the influence of a mentor. Rooted in biblical principles, this book is both a profound and practical guide to mentoring relationships for men. You'll learn how to: - Identify the kind of mentor you need - Maximize your mentoring relationship - Model your relationship after biblical examples - Grow through the shared wisdom of another believer - Influence others as you replicate the mentoring processWhether you are looking for a mentor or wish to mentor someone else, this book provides specific steps to begin the relationship and make the most of it.

As Long as We Both Shall Live: Two Novels

by Lurlene Mcdaniel

A change is coming, April Lancaster's fortune cookie reads. Be prepared. But how could she be prepared for the news that she has an inoperable brain tumor? April's life will never be the same. Then she meets handsome Mark Gianni. Mark has cystic fibrosis, but he also has a passion for life . . . and for April. When he asks April to marry him, she's happier than she's ever been. April thought she and Mark would be together forever. But since Mark's death, April has never felt more alone. Then Brandon Benedict comes into her life. Brandon is lonely and angry--he and April have a lot in common. But April cannot tell Brandon about her illness. When April's medical problems suddenly return, she must decide what to tell Brandon. Can the love she's felt before help her now?

As Max Saw It

by Louis Begley

"[A] perfectly constructed novel.... The time is 1974, and Max, who is fleeing from the wreckage of his first marriage, is a summer-house guest on Lake Como, where he encounters the two characters who will shape his life over the next 20 years: Charlie Swan, a Harvard classmate from the 1950s turned famous architect...and Toby, a poised and polymorphous teenager who is soon to become Charlie's protege and lover." --Time

As Meat Loves Salt

by Maria Mccann

In the seventeenth century, the English Revolution is under way. The nation, with religious and political discontent, has erupted into violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over.

As Nature Made Him

by John Colapinto

In 1967, after a baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment. On the advice of a renowned expert in gender identity and sexual reassignment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the boy was surgically altered to live as a girl. This landmark case, initially reported to be a complete success, seemed all the more remarkable since the child had been born an identical twin: his uninjured brother, raised as a boy, provided to the experiment the perfect matched control. The so-called twins case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine and the social sciences; cited repeatedly over the past thirty years as living proof that our sense of being male or female is not inborn but primarily the result of how we are raised. The case was a failure from the outset because the twin struggled against his imposed girlhood. At fourteen, when told of his medical history, he made the decision to live as a male. John Colapinto tells this extraordinary story for the first time inAs Nature Made Him. The human intimacy of the story is all the greater for the subject's courageous decision to step out from behind the pseudonym that has shrouded his identity for the past thirty years.

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl

by John Colapinto

Brian and Bruce Reimer were born as normal identical twin boys. At 8 months of age, they developed a urinary problem, which their Winnipeg hospital said could be easily cured via circumcision. The day they were scheduled for that, a doctor who did not normally do this procedure was in charge. As a result, Bruce lost his penis altogether. Dr. John Money of Johns Hopkins Hospital, who had been treating intersexed babies by genital surgery, saw this as the perfect empirical study of nurture over nature. These were developmentally-normal identical twin boys. Following this, Bruce was castrated, his name changed to Brenda and he was raised as a girl. However, Brenda's personality did not conform, no matter how much the family and others tried to nurture the child as a girl. Neither twin was told of their background. In their early teens, Brenda rebelled. Eventually, she was told the truth and felt "normal", she was indeed the boy she had always felt internally. She changed her name to David, as one who slew the incomparably-sized Goliath. The rest of the book tells how David's life developed from there forward to adulthood, marriage, and fatherhood. It also covers Dr. Money's cover-up of the study results as not the positive picture he had reported consistently over the years, and details his downfall in the medical profession. Of note, is that the study, which was reported as successful nurture over nature, was constantly used in feminist rhetoric at the time about gender roles. Money was also an early co-founder of the Gender Identity Clinic at Johns Hopkins, involved with transsexual procedures. The author began this investigation for a Rolling Stone magazine article. Later, David Reimer decided to let his story become public for the education of others, and asked Colapinto to do the writing. There are three vulgar sex terms, minor description of pornographic pictures used by the doctor, and a few uses of the word "God."

As on a Darkling Plain

by Ben Bova

MAN IN THE MIDDLE It had been over fifty years since Sydney Lee began his quest for the Others--the alien creatures who had succeeded in destroying Earth's first great civilization, and now threatened humankind again. After fifty years the Others remained the masters--unknowable, unreachable, moving to complete their design of destruction. But on Earth things had changed. While Sydney Lee had remained frozen and unaging in his flight through space, his most bitter rival had climbed steadily to the peak of power. Sydney Lee was faced with nameless danger before him, and the threat of deadly treachery behind, as he made his desperate gamble with the unknown....

As One Without Authority: Revised and with New Sermons

by Fred B. Craddock

This update of Craddock's original work on inductive preaching remains one of the most important contributions to homiletic scholarship. Revised with three new sermons, inclusive language, and NRSV texts, it is still as fresh and provocative as ever.

As Seen on TV

by Karal Ann Marling

America in the 1950s: the world was not so much a stage as a setpiece for TV, the new national phenomenon. It was a time when how things looked--and how we looked--mattered, a decade of design that comes to vibrant life in As Seen on TV. From the painting-by-numbers fad to the public fascination with the First Lady's apparel to the television sensation of Elvis Presley to the sculptural refinement of the automobile, Marling explores what Americans saw and what they looked for with a gaze newly trained by TV. A study in style, in material culture, in art history at eye level, this book shows us as never before those artful everyday objects that stood for American life in the 1950s, as seen on TV.

As Simple As Snow

by Gregory Galloway

Anna is a weird high school girl who enjoys writing obituaries for everyone. The narrator and she make an odd but happy pair. Abruptly Anna goes away leaving some clues. The narrator remakes the events of the past that reveal some amazing facts.

As the Crow Flies

by Jeffrey Archer

The story of a poor barrow boy, born in 1900, who rises to become the founder of Britain's first and most prestigious department store and a member of the peerage.

As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps

by Gail Hartman Harvey Stevenson

Maps -- they help you get where you want to go. People use road maps to find their way. These maps show miles of highways that point out the right direction. But what about the crow? What kind of map does he use? Or the eagle, the rabbit, the horse, and the sea gull? What's on their maps?

As the Earth Turns

by Gladys H. Carroll

In the 1920's when farming as a means to make a living is becoming less a desirable thing to do, Mark Shaw and his daughter Jen still enjoy the old familiar ways while the rest of their family members yearn for different lives.

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