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When Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity. For only in Tokyo could an impressionable young man fresh out of college find, in one stroke, a new job, a new family, and a society that lavishes attention on Japanese-speaking gaijin. Yet, even as Alec claims a place in this new world, he is haunted by memories of the one he left behind--a world once infinitely secure but which disintegrated with the breakup of his parents' marriage.In this incandescently observed novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to one of the most appealing protagonists in contemporary fiction while enchanting them with the keenness of his eye and the aptness of his voice. Through its exquisitely rendered scenes--a fishing trip of Zen-like serenity; a night at a sex club where giggling businessmen dive into the action--and vividly imagined characters--the laughing mother who taught Alec to ride a bicycle; the beautiful sad Japanese woman who teaches him how to love--Bicycle Days surprises, moves, and enlightens us as very few books do.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A renowned musician and visual artist presents an idiosyncratic behind-the-handlebars view of the world's cities Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation in New York City. Two decades ago, he discovered folding bikes and started taking them on tour. Byrne's choice was made out of convenience rather than political motivation, but the more cities he saw from his bicycle, the more he became hooked on this mode of transport and the sense of liberation it provided. Convinced that urban biking opens one's eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city's geography and population, Byrne began keeping a journal of his observations and insights. An account of what he sees and whom he meets as he pedals through metropoles from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Istanbul to San Francisco, Manila to New York, Bicycle Diaries also records Byrne's thoughts on world music, urban planning, fashion, architecture, cultural dislocation, and much more, all conveyed with a highly personal mixture of humor, curiosity, and humility. Part travelogue, part journal, part photo album, Bicycle Diaries is an eye-opening celebration of seeing the world from the seat of a bike. .
Uncle Bunkie, the clown, had every kid in Centerville buzzing. A new amusement park had opened just outside of town--Bicycle Hills. There were all kinds of games for anyone who wanted to have fun on a bike. There were other games too, like Caves and Cobras--games the children weren't supposed to tell their parents about. But as Halloween approached, children and adults began to wonder if the fun of pretending was getting out of hand. Once again John Bibee spins a fascinating tale as the magic of the Spirit Flyer bicycles confronts mysterious forces trying to take over Centerville. THE SPIRIT FLYER SERIES BY JOHN BIBEE The ordinary town of Centerville is the setting for some extraordinary events. When several children discover that Spirit Flyer bicycles possess strange and magical powers, they are thrust into a conflict with Goliath Industries--with the fate of the town in the balance. Limited picture descriptions added.
The amazing tricks two American soldiers do on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan. Includes picture descriptions.
It's time for the annual Junior Bike Race in Bayport, and Frank and Joe are the top contenders. Midway through the race, Frank runs over a nail and blows a tire. It seems as if the day couldn't get worse--until Frank's bicycle goes missing! Bayport's leading bully, Adam Ackerman, seems to be the prime suspect. But when he proves that he wasn't the bicycle thief, everyone turns out to be a potential culprit--even Mr. Mack's dog, Lucy! Can Frank and Joe crack the case and bring Frank's bicycle home?
Jump-start your cycling savvy with this one-stop, information-packed reference. This compilation of knowledge will help you become a better cyclist, even on your very next ride. Top riders share their proven tips, covering every aspect of both road cycling and mountain biking. DISCOVER HOW TO: Use smart strategies to build your skill level. Maneuver safely through traffic with ease and authority. Plan your training year to maximize your potential. Ride to 100 miles-- and longer. Quickly spot bike damage after a crash. Cut costs when touring. Identify and prevent winter weight gain.
There is no ribbon of highway more ideal for cycling than the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway - they both entice the senses and physically challenge the body. The new edition of Bicycling the Blue Ridge continues as the definitive guide to this cyclist's dream road, offering completely updated information on lodging, bike shops, campgrounds, road crossings, points of interest, bed and breakfasts, panoramic views, groceries, and more. Written with racers, touring cyclists, and recreational cyclists in mind, this milepost-by-milepost guide covers every inch of the 574-mile path between Front Royal, Virginia, and Cherokee, North Carolina.
Discipline Of LoveStrapped and chained on the block a masterpiece of naked flesh and muscle turns slowly. . . the eyes of the crowd devour the sight of Vejhon whose platinum-white hair and cat-green eyes mark him as newly captured from a wild planet on the outer edges of space. The noble men and women erupt in a bidding frenzy-that finally stops on a man named Najir. This strikingly handsome man who strangely resembles Vejhon cries out the winning bid on behalf of the lady he serves. Hanna Drakoulous now has a matched pair of the finest males in the galaxy. . . Shackled Vejhon can only marvel at the mysterious beauty with blue skin and shining eyes whom Najir clearly worships. But Vejhon refuses to humble himself-until Hanna's kiss strikes him like lightning. First dominant then sensually tender she arouses him to explosive sexual passion that goes beyond the limits of physical pleasure. What manner of mistress has bought him and what does she want? Freedom is what he wants but will she be worth the price?Let's talk about JAX. I have an aka. You may know me as Jacquelyn Frank. Now I'm not getting tricky on you or trying to confuse you it's just that sometimes I write something that goes a little out of the norm; walks a fine line with erotica or perhaps crosses right into it. So we created JAX. JAX will be where you can find a steamier side of Jacquelyn Frank. In the end though it's all still me. I still live in Asheville NC with my nine cats. (I swear. . . nine is my absolute limit! No I mean it this time!) I still love my little girl to pieces and I'm still trying to save the world one book at a time. WARNING! This is a REALLY HOT book. (Sexually Explicit)
When a Muslim boy is arrested at a high school on suspicion of terrorist affiliations, growing racial tensions divide the student population.
Boyd McMasters, troubleshooter for the Cattlemen's Protective Association, is in Smoke Tree, Arizona, investigating numerous complaints of cattle rustling. A copper mine robbery, a pair of illegal lynchings and several other deadly confrontations all lead to a showdown in, of all places, the town cemetery. Violence. 4th novel in the "McMasters" series, 1995.
In an age of such obsession with appearance, this simple tale of a big, gentle fish and the qualities that make friendship real will touch children and encourage them to look again.
From the book jacket: Strega Nona fans will love this story of Big Anthony, the bumbling but lovable helper to whom she has remained loyal all these years, even after he used her magic pot and almost drowned the town in pasta in his first-but not his last- disaster. How did Big Anthony find Strega Nona in her little house in Calabria? Life for Big Anthony began on a farm in northern Italy. From the day he was born, he didn't pay attention. And that meant trouble. Nonna Graziella was the first to realize what lay ahead when he got everyone wet at his christening. And by the time he was a teenager, he had messed up so many things on the farm that his father sent him away to find work. Some of the cities he passed through have never been the same: Pisa, Firenze, Roma, Napoli. Tomie dePaola lovingly pictures Big Anthony's family and hilarious episodes from his life-such as what happened when he left all the gates open on the farm, or when he slept against the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or when he met a Cardinal on a bridge in Roma. Big Anthony will always be a favorite character among Tomie's fans. Strega Nona said it best in describing Big Anthony: "He's adorable...but MAMMA MIA!"
Dr. Beauregard pulled his chair up a little closer to me, looked me in the eye, and said, "Sam, I'm afraid your health is pretty good. . . . You could stand to lose a little weight, but without some bad news, I can't scare you into taking better care of yourself. . . . You've got to find some meaning in your life that will motivate you to take better care of your body--something that gets under your skin, something that grabs your imagination, something other than a diet. And only you can figure that out." So begins "big-boned" Sam McLeod's search for the meaning of life. Luckily, a mysterious envelope arrives in the mail to distract him. It's an invitation to a neighborhood reunion where Sam grew up near Nashville, Tennessee. Sam's wise wife, Annie, insists that her reluctant husband get in the car and make the cross-country trip. "Here's a map and your itinerary. . . . But you keep your hands off that old girlfriend, you hear me?" As Sam drives, he tries to work out the meaning of life, just like the doctor ordered. Instead, memories of childhood fill his head. Who would be at the reunion? Weiner? He remembers how Weiner got his name and his lasting fear of buzzards. Would he find a descendant of Big 'Un, the snake as fat as a family-size can of Franco-American spaghetti? And what about Lexi? She wasn't his girlfriend, no matter what Annie says, but he remembers the summer night they played hide-and-seek. . . . And with these recollections come the smell of his mother's meatloaf, the taste of spicy pimento cheese, the tang of cold pickled shrimp, and the tart sweetness of strawberry pie, the foods of his Southern childhood. Does Sam find the meaning of life? Yes, he does, even though he lacks "the emotional intelligence God gave a stinkbug," as Annie so delicately put it. So come along with Sam as he follows his deep-fried roots to a simpler time and place, where mothers nourished their children with much more than ham biscuits, deviled eggs, and tuna noodle casserole with potato chips on top.A warm, laugh-out-loud funny memoir for anyone who has ever: * Collected lightning bugs in a quart-size Ball jar * Been in a watermelon fight * Fallen asleep to the sound of grown-ups talking on the porch * Been told you're eating a bite, whether you like it or not * Grown up Southern
Moonlight And Mistletoe Professional organizer Sarah Montgomery is hired to organize her elderly neighbor's cluttered apartment by Justin Latimer, her neighbor's grandson. Sarah believes free-spirited Justin is a lazy, unemployed poet who is taking advantage of his grandmother's generosity. Though attracted to him, she guards her heart against her growing feelings. As Sarah and Justin work together and enjoy Christmas events in New York City, romantic sparks fly-but will new revelations douse them? Shopping for Love Emily Jones has good reason for wanting to get lost as a tourist in the crowded shopping districts of New York City. But when Bryan Evans literally knocks her off her feet, her heart is spun even more off balance. When Christmas comes, will she go back home to life as normal, or will a piece of her heart always stay in the Big Apple? Where the Love Light Gleams by Lynette Sowell When the spruce tree in widow Gwynn Michaud's New Hampshire front yard is chosen for Rockefeller Center, her grown children send her to the Big Apple to see the tree lighting. Her host, Theophilus Stellakis, enjoys his ordered life and clockwork schedule as a professor in Manhattan. Will this Christmas bring change for both of them? Gifts from the Magi by Vasthi Reyes Acosta Cecilia Montes, a busy Latina grad student, buries herself under piles of work to keep her loneliness away. Then Elias Perez, a childhood friend, returns to the city as the youth pastor at her church. She is surprised to discover that the formerly sickly boy is now a strong, vibrant man of God. As Cecilia helps Elias with the youth, their friendship is renewed. But only when Cecilia learns to trust the Lord in new and deeper ways is she ready to receive gifts of love.
For three school years, from 2007 to 2010, about 200 high-needs New York City public schools participated in the Schoolwide Performance Bonus Program, whose broad objective was to improve student performance through school-based financial incentives. An independent analysis of test scores, surveys, and interviews found that the program did not improve student achievement, perhaps because it did not motivate change in educator behavior.
December 2001: Vince McMahon steps out of a snowy night into a diner in upstate New York for a meeting with old friend Phil Thomson, now a highly placed government official. Thomson has a strange proposition: creating a new covert black-ops group using the Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE's talented men and women are perfect. Highly skilled athletes with the ideal cover, they travel all across the country and the globe; no one would find it unusual to find them in a town one day and gone the next. The government would train and support the wrestlers in every way possible except one: no one must know the truth. March 2006: The Superstars have been handed their latest assignment -- take down a commercial-grade methyl-amphetamine plant that is bankrolling terrorist activities in Europe. Their mission seems simple and straightforward, until a member of their team is taken prisoner. Now all that they've worked so hard for is in jeopardy, and one of their own might be killed...
The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is packed with ideas for sprucing up your living space; concocting fabulous, all-natural body products; designing your own unique stationery; and creating countless other crafts that will convince your friends and loved ones that you're the secret love child of Martha Stewart (only much, much cooler). Forget crocheted doilies and itchy knit sweaters -- TLC's While You Were Out top designer Mark Montano has created stylish and imaginative projects that range from a Warhol-esque Ultrasuede iPod case to photo-adorned boxer shorts to African mask patio chairs to wooden night-light boxes. Divided into sections that include Outdoorsy (ideas to enhance your backyard), Dishing It Out (decorating plates using different techniques), You've Been Framed (innovative picture framing ideas), and Can I Have a Light? (creating and decorating lamps, lanterns, and chandeliers), it's as entertaining to read as it is endlessly inspiring. With more than one hundred and fifty inventive and fun projects, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is the perfect activity book for readers of every mood, budget, and skill level.
Searching for crafty inspiration? Eager to try some new techniques? Need some more junk for your trunk? Well, look no further! In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular--and easy-to-make--projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels. Turn colorful ribbons into a show-stopping scarf . . . transform old cargo pants into a kick-ass carryall . . . a high-drama neckpiece made out of zippers? Absolutely. Along with a host of other wearable wonders, this exciting all-new volume includes sections such as Pillow Talk (fun, comfy, and made from the most surprising materials), Letter Perfect (cool designs to pop into the mailbox nearest you), Hey, I Could Use That (make a big statement with little things from magnets to nail polish), Just Kid-ding (cheery dÉcor made from kid-centric stuff, guaranteed to make you smile!), That's Shoe Biz (fun fixes that give sidelined footwear and handbags a whole new life), and dozens of other ideas that are inventive, imaginative, and just plain fun. With his trademark humor and no-holds-barred approach to crafting, Mark will have you tapping into your creative soul and taking simple techniques to a whole new level in no time. We're not talking plant-hangers and potholders here--the more than 150 handmade projects in this truly unique compendium are artistic, eye-catching, and cutting-edge, from cool brooches and earrings to ingenious belts and bags, from Bauhaus-style furniture to fishbowl lanterns, and so much more!
An unflinching look at the truth behind the media's lies about autism.Autism now affects 2 percent of US children. A once rare disorder is now so common that everyone knows someone with an affected child. Yet neither mainstream doctors nor government officials can tell the American public what is behind the staggering rise in diagnoses.The Big Autism Cover-Up explores how news outlets downplay the impact of autism while backing the official denial of any link between the disorder and vaccines. Despite never honestly and thoroughly investigating the link, mainstream news sources continue to challenge those who question the safety of vaccines and the mounting evidence that an unchecked, unsafe vaccination schedule is behind the exponential increase in autism.Anne Dachel has spent the last ten years monitoring how the press covers autism. She's seen the media promote the unrelenting message from health officials that autism hasn't really increased, but rather that it is simply a matter of better diagnosing of a disorder that's always been around. Meanwhile, autism remains a perpetual mystery, and scientists continue to guess at the genetic and environmental triggers.Officially there is no known cause or cure for autism. There's nothing a new mother can do to prevent a baby that was born healthy and is developing normally from regressing into autism by the age of two. Despite this, officials rarely express concern and adamantly refuse to call autism a crisis. The Big Autism Cover-Up exposes this controversy in searing detail.
Spice up a night out (or in) with hundreds of classics and 100% new drinking games and bar bets. Big Bad-Ass Book of Bar Tricks and Drinking Games is a handy, illustrated guide to 100 bar bets involving flying bottle caps, disappearing coins, animated cocktail napkins, and much more. Following the bar bets are 100 drinking games that keep the party going, with intriguing names such as Flip 'n' Strip, Snake Eyes, Shipwreck, and Death by Doubles. Easy-to-follow instructions--complete with illustrations--guarantee readers will be prepared to impress while having a great time.
Spice up a night out (or in) with hundreds of classics and 100% new drinking games and bar bets. Big Bad-Ass Book of Bar Tricks and Drinking Gamesis a handy, illustrated guide to 100 bar bets involving flying bottle caps, disappearing coins, animated cocktail napkins, and much more. Following the bar bets are 100 drinking games that keep the party going, with intriguing names such as Flip 'n' Strip, Snake Eyes, Shipwreck, and Death by Doubles. Easy-to-follow instructions-complete with illustrations-guarantee readers will be prepared to impress while having a great time.
This comprehensive collection of cocktail recipes will be an essential resource for both professional bartenders and the average party host. Want to serve up perfect martinis at your next social gathering? Cosmos for the classy ladies? Sex on the Beach for those who want to sound risqué? A Shirley Temple for the thirteen-year-olds counting down the days to twenty-one? Big Bad-Ass Book of Cocktails is the complete guide to these classic drinks as well as trendy concoctions featured at bars and nightclubs. What exactly is in a Long Island Iced Tea? By reputation alone, this drink can be intimidating to produce on your own. Big Bad-Ass Book of Cocktails breaks down the mystery behind this intoxicating "tea" and all of your favorite drinks. In an easy-to-follow format and featuring a fun four-color design, this is perfect for beginners and will become that trusted and tattered handbook behind the bar for professionals.
Jason Birchall is saving all his money for a super mountain bike. He's been working hard and counting every penny. He's even storing his money in a secret place that no one can find.But Jason's mom is on a health kick, and she's making him eat vegetables...and beans. Jason comes up with a way to hide some the icky food, but it turns out to be a bad mistake.Will Jason and the Cul-de-sac Kids still be able to come up with a way to get that bike?
Seeing is deceiving. And Ric Van Holtz, the wolfishly sexy hero of Shelly Laurenston's sizzling, wildly entertaining new tale, is nothing you expect--and everything you want. . . When it comes to following her instincts, former Marine Dee-Ann Smith never holds back. And this deadly member of a shifter protection group will do anything to prove one of her own kind is having hybrids captured for dogfights. Trouble is, her too-cute rich-boy boss Ric Van Holtz insists on helping out. And his crazy-like-a-fox smarts and charming persistence are making it real hard for Dee to keep her heart safe. . . . Ric can't believe his luck. He's wanted this fiercely independent she-wolf from day one, but he never expected teamwork as explosive as this. And now is his last chance to show Dee what she needs isn't some in-your-face Alpha male--but a wily, resourceful wolf who'll always have her back in a fight. . . and between the sheets.
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