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The wonderfully original story of a struggling Chinese basketball team and its quixotic, often comical attempt to right its fortunes by copying the American stars of the NBA--a season of cultural misunderstanding that transcends sports and reveals China's ambivalent relationship with the West. When the Shanxi Brave Dragons, one of China's worst professional basketball teams, hired former NBA coach Bob Weiss, the team's owner, Boss Wang, promised that Weiss would be allowed to Americanize his players by teaching them "advanced basketball culture." That promise would be broken from the moment Weiss landed in China. Desperate for his team to play like Americans, Wang--a peasant turned steel tycoon--nevertheless refused to allow his players the freedom and individual expression necessary to truly change their games. Former New York Times Beijing bureau chief Jim Yardley tells the story of the resulting culture clash with sensitivity and a keen comic sensibility. Readers meet the Brave Dragons, a cast of colorful, sometimes heartbreaking oddballs from around the world: the ambitious Chinese assistant coach, Liu Tie, who believes that Chinese players are genetically inferior and can improve only through the repetitious drilling once advocated by ancient kung fu masters; the moody and selfish American import, Bonzi Wells, a former NBA star so unnerved by China that initially he locks himself in his apartment; the Taiwanese point guard, Little Sun, who is demonized by his mainland Chinese coaches; and the other Chinese players, whose lives sometimes seem little different from those of factory workers. As readers follow the team on a fascinating road trip through modern China--from glamorous Shanghai and bureaucratic Beijing to the booming port city Tianjin and the polluted coal capital of Taiyuan--we see Weiss learn firsthand what so many other foreigners in China have discovered: China changes only when and how it wants to change.
The never-before-told account of the intersection of some of the most insightful minds of the 20th century, and a fascinating look at how war, resistance, and friendship can catalyze genius. In the spring of 1940, the aspiring but unknown writer Albert Camus and budding scientist Jacques Monod were quietly pursuing ordinary, separate lives in Paris. After the German invasion and occupation of France, each joined the Resistance to help liberate the country from the Nazis, ascended to prominent, dangerous roles, and were very lucky to survive. After the war and through twists of circumstance, they became friends, and through their passionate determination and rare talent they emerged as leading voices of modern literature and biology, each receiving the Nobel Prize in their respective fields. Drawing upon a wealth of previously unpublished and unknown material gathered over several years of research, Brave Genius tells the story of how each man endured the most terrible episode of the twentieth century and then blossomed into extraordinarily creative and engaged individuals. It is a story of the transformation of ordinary lives into exceptional lives by extraordinary events--of courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, the flowering of creative genius, deep friendship, and of profound concern for and insight into the human condition.
I've never had anorexia, but I know it well. I see it on the street, in the gaunt and sunken face, the bony chest, the spindly arms of an emaciated woman. I've come to recognize the flat look of despair, the hopelessness that follows, inevitably, from years of starvation. I think: That could have been my daughter. It wasn't. It's not. If I have anything to say about it, it won't be. Millions of families are affected by eating disorders, which usually strike young women between the ages of fourteen and twenty. But current medical practice ties these families' hands when it comes to helping their children recover. Conventional medical wisdom dictates separating the patient from the family and insists that "it's not about the food," even as a family watches a child waste away before their eyes. Harriet Brown shows how counterproductive--and heartbreaking--this approach is by telling her daughter's story of anorexia. She describes how her family, with the support of an open-minded pediatrician and a therapist, helped her daughter recover using family-based treatment, also known as the Maudsley approach. Chronicling her daughter Kitty's illness from the earliest warning signs, through its terrifying progression, and on toward recovery, Brown takes us on one family's journey into the world of anorexia nervosa, where starvation threatened her daughter's body and mind. But hope and love--of the ordinary, family-focused kind--shine through every decision and action she and her family took. Brave Girl Eating is essential reading for families and professionals alike, a guiding light for anyone who's coping with this devastating disease.
Within every woman is the desire for extraordinary relationships. We crave intimacy and interconnectedness, companionship and camaraderie. Yet most of us eventually begin to wonder if we want too much. As heartbreak and disappointment take their toll, we become convinced that our desire for deep connection is our downfall. And still we long for more. What is behind this yearning? Is it healthy? Is it normal? Does it have a purpose? Yes, says author and licensed professional counselor Sharon Hersh-and in Bravehearts, she'll teach how your deepest longings can lead you to rich relationships and give you the courage to love with abandon.
Theodore Ward is a man of deep passions and strong principles - none of which he acts on. So Margaret Hampton ends their engagement, breaking both of their hearts in the process.Years after their estrangement, ardent but frozen Theo attempts to reconnect with Margaret. She is no longer trusting of the idea of romantic love, having become pragmatic and wary during decades alone. But with the drumbeat of the early days of the Civil War in the background, how can she refuse?The courtship that results is hasty, reckless, and intense, fueled by contradictions between Theo's willingness finally to change and Margaret's fears about the future. Two smart, stubborn, fiery people will need to overcome the hesitancies of their hearts and the perils of battle if they're ever to find happiness.Sensuality Level: Sensual
In Stranger Among Friends, renowned activist, political adviser, and White House insider David Mixner offered a compelling account of his decades-long fight for human rights and the challenges he faced as a gay man in Washington. Now, in this new book written with collaborator Dennis Bailey, Mixner presents moving, candid, and inspiring portraits of other extraordinary men and women engaged in the struggle for equality.Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage From a top-gun pilot in the U.S. Navy to an authority on antigay violence, from a member of the president's administration to a leading Shakespearean actor, Brave Journeys tells the stirring stories of seven intrepid men and women who effectively challenged the status quo and thereby altered the political and societal landscape of the world we live in.In these pages we meet Hispanic-American Dianne Hardy-Garcia, executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas and a passionate crusader against hate crimes; Elaine Noble, the feisty veteran of Boston's busing wars who became the first openly gay person to be elected to a state office in the United States-the Massachusetts State Legislature; brilliant British actor Sir Ian McKellen, who came out as a gay man and an activist in one very public moment on the BBC; Roberta Achtenberg, who braved the venomous homophobia of Jesse Helms in Senate confirmation hearings for her appointment to the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Lieutenant Tracy Thorne, a Navy fighter pilot living his lifelong dream of flight who outed himself on Nightline to challenge the U.S. military's policy against gays and lesbians, fully aware that this would mean the end of his Navy career; and San Franciscans Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, founders of the first national lesbian organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, who have celebrated fifty years together as a couple. Powerful and eloquent, Brave Journeys is David Mixner's tribute to gay men and lesbians who have made a difference. Rich in private bravery and public risk, these profiles comprise a vivid map of the gay rights movement over the last fifty years-and individually they testify to the power of courage to force change against profoundly overwhelming odds.From the Hardcover edition.
Pepito was afraid of heights. So when it was time to leave the nest, he decided that he would go on his own way. From this beginning, Pepito uses many ways to get around - running, swimming, and more. He and his brothers and sisters learn just how brave and resourceful he truly is. From Publishers Weekly: In his first children's book, Beck introduces a charmer of an avian hero. Pepito, with his red ovoid body, bright purple eyes and yellow wings shaped like half-circle construction blocks, looks like he stepped out of a child's toy box. What's more, he's as gutsy as he is cute. Pepito is afraid of flying. When he leaves the nest, instead of flapping his wings like his brothers and sisters, "he decided to go his own way." Taking the advice of a fox, frog, fish and gopher, Pepito runs, hops, swims and burrows his way across gleefully stylized landscapes; a pink, ribbonlike fence reaches to the horizon across a field defined by a sweeping curve of gold. Beck keeps familiar landmarks in sight, so readers know that Pepito has not strayed too far. The feathered hero triumphs over every formidable obstacle on his way to meet up with his siblings, who point out that "If you are brave enough to do all those things... / then you must be brave enough to fly!" With just a few words per page and a crayon-bright palette, Beck creates a genuine poster-bird for pluckiness. Viva Pepito! Ages 3
Jalil, David, Christopher, and April have definitely made some mistakes since they've been trapped in Everworld. You have to admit, it's got to be pretty tough not to screw up when you find yourself in a place that makes absolutely no sense. So, it's pretty understandable that Jalil and the others wouldn't think twice about trading a chemistry book for an unbelievably sharp knife. For protection. After all, the Coo-Hatch seemed harmless enough. Just another group of transplanted aliens who managed to end up in Everworld.
In a traditional New Year's Day celebration, a young Mayan boy leads a procession over the mountainous trail to the cathedral below, where he is rewarded by the village elders for his fortitude.
"every journalist has a niche - it's inevitable - and I was just a few days into my career when I stumbled upon mine. It started as a running joke at the office: I was the magazine's Bad Homes Correspondent. The production department quipped about changing my title on the masthead. I laughed it off, but some of the older writers definitely thought there was something wrong with me. "Did you grow up in some sort of dysfunctional household?" a senior editor asked. No, I told him. "Well, there's got to be something in your past that makes you interested in these stories-you ought to think about it." The magazine I worked for was the New Republic, and my co-workers were a mix of policy wonks, art critics, and political junkies. I was none of these, and instead of trying to pass as one, I set out to write a different kind of story; yet every time I did, it ended up being about some outlandish and often hellish place inhabited by a handful of stalwarts who refused to leave. Iron-willed, unfearing, and utterly immovable, these characters captured my imagination. They were the nation's toughest home-keepers, and I was their aspiring chronicler." A fascinating and witty book.
In this second volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6-8 are taken on a time-traveling journey that imaginatively retraces Jesus's miracle of the five loaves and two fish and the miracle at the wedding in Cana.
Amelia is suppose to help the conductor, what trouble will she get into this time.
All Gabe Bravo wanted was to convince Mary Hofstetter to sell him her land. But the young widow had barely told him to hightail it off her property before going into labor. Being an honorable Bravo bachelor, he stayed by her side, even after her little bundle of joy appeared.There was no denying Gabe had declared himself permanently single--and proud of it. But with his feelings for Mary growing deeper, he was suddenly torn: walk away from mother and child, or do what he'd sworn he'd never do--get hitched!
THE MAN WHO HAD EVERYTHINGIf ever there was a living embodiment of all that money could buy, Jonas Bravo was it. But the gleaming facade hid a legacy of loss. For though Jonas had been to the manor born, the kidnapping of his baby brother had yanked the rug out from under him-and taught him always to keep his heart padlocked. Until two females produced the key...One: baby Mandy, Jonas's adoptive sister, whose custody he was determined to get. And two: Emma Hewitt, her lovely guardian. Clearly the two were a package deal, and clearly Emma was daring the Bravo billionaire not only to hope but to dream-of getting back everything he'd lost that long-ago winter night...and thought he would never see again.
What brought him to her door. . . . . . Marcus Reid couldn't say. But then Hayley Bravo opened her door, and he got a good look at her burgeoning stomach! She appeared to be about eight months along. So was this proof that she'd gotten over him fast. . . or that they were connected, now and forever? Months ago Hayley had walked out on Marcus, even though it was the hardest thing she'd ever done. Because though she knew he'd do the right thing by her, she was holding out for the real thing. Love. Baby. Marriage. And apparently, in that order. . .
[From the back cover] "I WANT YOU. NAME YOUR PRICE." Cleopatra Bliss Had learned long ago to stay away from driven, powerful men like Fletcher Bravo. So when the handsome CEO of one of Las Vegas's most successful gaming resorts made her an irresistible proposal, she knew she was in trouble. Fletcher envisioned great possibilities for Cleo's day-care center-including a special place for his little girl. But his desire for the stubbornly independent Cleo was rocking his world... until he decided marriage-with all the fringe benefits and none of the obligations-would suit him just fine. And then he looked at his wife's burgeoning belly and realized he wasn't the only one keeping secrets. ...
Travis Bravo was sick of his meddling mother and her matchmaking ways. So what better way to stop her than to bring a fiancée home for the holidays? One catch-he wasn't even dating anyone. But that was where his rough-and-tumble oil-rig friend, Samantha Jaworski, came in. An unpolished tomboy, Sam was game for anything for a good friend. But after her girlfriend-ready makeover, she fell easily into the role of Travis's loving partner-and into his arms. Would she be standing under his mistletoe...for keeps?
Mia St. Clair can't wait for Regionals. Or can she? Mia has been training all year to master the moves she needs to compete at the Regional Figure Skating Competition. It's her first time competing at that level, and Mia is eager for and worried about Regionals all at the same time. Is she a good enough skater? Does she have what it takes to survive in the world of competitive figure skating--and still be a good sport? When a family crisis threatens Mia's chances of going to Regionals, Mia is heartbroken. But she knows that being a good sport means accepting challenges--even big losses--with determination and grace.
She's got issues with the Christmas issueAs editor of Alpha, the ultimate men's magazine, B. J. Carlyle is out to prove to her father, the publisher, that she's got what it takes to become editor in chief-even if it means swallowing her pride and getting her ex, Buck Bravo, for December's cover story.Landing the bestselling author, adventurer and man of the hour is a coup; the competition would kill to get the exclusive. But Buck is insisting that B.J. spend the next two weeks with him in the Sierra Mountains and write the story herself. B.J. agrees, but she's not going to tell Buck she suspects she's pregnant with his baby.B.J.'s out to get her story.She doesn't need Buck thinking she's out to get her man.
Twelve-year-old Samantha -- Sam -- likes to memorize fun and weird facts. She's constantly spouting quotes from her fact books, such as the size of the largest bubble-gum bubble blown through the nose or how jelly gets into a donut. But Sam does not like the fact that she has to spend a month of her summer vacation at her grandparents' place while her parents are away! She adores her grandmother, but Grandma will be at work most of the time, leaving Sam with the Colonel, her prickly grandfather. Sam's relationship with him is shaky at best, and now that the Colonel has had to retire from his career as a military pilot, he is harder than ever to get along with. Sam soon finds that her grandfather's behavior is even stranger than she expected. He keeps disappearing into the woods for long stretches of time and won't let Sam go into the old barn. Obviously the Colonel is hiding a big secret, and Sam is eager to solve the mystery. Reluctantly she accepts help from Billy Burnham, a classmate she can't decide if she likes or hates. Together they discover that the Colonel is building an airplane. Will Sam let the cat out of the bag and ruin her grandfather's plans? Or will her grandfather relent and let his granddaughter help him finish the plane?
Despite their uncanny psychic connection, Siobhan McKenna had once pushed Clay Salazar away. Better to break his heart than to be responsible for his death, as her family curse threatened any man she loved. But now the feisty McKenna faces trouble on her ranch-someone's trying to drive the Double JA into the dust! Her solution: hire Clay, a Navajo-trained horse gentler, to run the place. With their special connection severed, his lifeshouldbe safe. But amid growing danger and scandalous revelations, it doesn't take long for Siobhan and Clay to bond-more than psychically. And Clay isn't about to let her walk away from him again. But can their shared passion overwhelm her fears? Or will the McKenna curse claim another victim?
She will give him what he desires. But first, a small favor . . . Lady Christina Fairhaven is devoted to her adoptive family-and most protective of her wayward brother. So when battle-scarred and world-weary Captain Gavin Briggs arrives at her cottage bearing shocking news-that she is the granddaughter of an aged, bad-tempered duke- Christina is stunned . . . temporarily. She will not meet the duke who abandoned her when she was a child; Gavin will not receive his significant-and much needed-reward. However, should the good Captain agree to help her locate and rescue her endangered sibling, then perhaps . . . But with a fortune at stake, the road to London is paved with peril. Treachery awaits them . . . not to mention attraction, temptation, and a most unanticipated passion. To regain his soul, to protect his lady, Gavin must be more than brave. To win his love, Christina must be positively . . .
Book three of Alliance of the AmazonsZach Hanson is a tech wizard, capable of creating and improving gadgets-including remote nuclear warhead launchers. But he's always known that he's destined for something more, something greater, something...supernatural.Powerful Air Amazon Gina Himmel is one of four sisters called to protect the world from those who would do it harm. Demigods in league with an Ancient have been taking over the bodies of leaders in the military and technological sectors, and Gina is sent to San Francisco to watch over Zach.Under Gina's protection, Zach is introduced to a world of ancient deities, rogue gods and the bold, brazen Amazons who keep humanity safe. Amidst the whirlwind of battle, Zach and Gina discover a love that could give them the power to save the world...or destroy it.Meet Earth and Fire in The Reluctant Amazon and The Impetuous Amazon.103,000 words
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