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Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks--and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand. Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as "The Single Woman" to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women.In I've Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars. She shares the bittersweet euphoria of her high-school romance, the panic-stricken cluelessness of her first day on a stressful job, and the foot-in-mouth horror of her red-carpet interview with a music legend.Along the way, Mandy dollops personal anecdotes with encouraging insights. From thrilling first kisses to crushing break-ups, from soaring career milestones to promising flights that never quite got off the ground, she unfolds in often uproarious detail the zigzags along the path toward a pinnacle moment: sharing a table and a pinch-me-I'm-dreaming conversation with her lifelong hero.In the end, Mandy turns Sin City's infamous marketing slogan on its head: What happens in her life doesn't stay in her life. She shares even her darkest moments in witty, winsome ways that make us not only feel her pain, but also laugh with her and apply her hard-won nuggets of inspiration to our own lives."Happily Ever After" might not look or feel quite like what we expect, but as Mandy is discovering--and as we can discover along with her--it is well within our reach.
Find out why thousands have turned to Ivor Horton for learning JavaIvor Horton's approach is teaching Java is so effective and popular that he is one of the leading authors of introductory programming tutorials, with over 160,000 copies of his Java books sold. In this latest edition, whether you're a beginner or an experienced programmer switching to Java, you'll learn how to build real-world Java applications using Java SE 7. The author thoroughly covers the basics as well as new features such as extensions and classes; extended coverage of the Swing Application Framework; and he does it all in his unique, highly accessible style that beginners love.Provides a thorough introduction to the latest version of the Java programming language, Java SE 7Introduces you to a host of new features for both novices and experienced programmersCovers the basics as well as new language extensions and classes and class methodsGuides you through the Swing Application Framework for creating Swing appsUses numerous step-by-step programming examples to guide you through the development processThere's no better way to get thoroughly up to speed on the latest version of Java than with Ivor Horton's latest, comprehensive guide.
A special three-in-one edition of Sue Harrison's mythic and memorable Ivory Carver TrilogyIn Mother Earth Father Sky, it's 7056 BC, a time before history. On the first day that Chagak's womanhood is acknowledged within her Aleut tribe, she unexpectedly finds herself betrothed to Seal Stalker, the most promising young hunter in the village. A bright future lies ahead of Chagak--but in one violent moment, she loses her entire way of life. Left with her infant brother, Pup, and only a birdskin parka for warmth, Chagak sets out across the icy waters on a quest for survival and revenge.In My Sister the Moon, Gray Bird wanted only sons. His daughter, Kiin, would have been killed at birth to make way for a male heir if not for the tribal chief, Kayugh, who claimed the infant as a future wife for one of his two young sons. Sixteen years later, Kiin is caught between the two brothers: one to whom she is promised, the other whom she desires. But the evil spawned by her own family takes her far from her people to a place where savage cruelties, love, and fate will strengthen and change her, and lead her to her ultimate destiny.And in Brother Wind, in the tribe of the First Men, courageous, beautiful Kiin, an accomplished ivory carver, is finally content with her hard-won life, which includes twin sons and a loving warrior husband. When she is suddenly pulled back into her nightmarish former existence as slave to the Raven, shaman of the Walrus People, her husband's brother, Samiq, vows to bring her back to their tribe. Across the land, Kukutux, the wife of a Whale Hunter, finds the loss of her husband and the hostility of her clan too much to bear. The lives of Kiin, Samiq, and Kukutux, and the paths of their tribesmen will converge in a final dramatic confrontation that tests the strength of their hearts and spirits against the cruelty of man, nature, and fate.
A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to track down her former maid, who she claims has stolen her jewelry. Archer can tell he's being fed a line, but curiosity gets the better of him and he accepts the case. He tracks the wayward maid to a ramshackle motel in a seedy, run-down small town, but finds her dead in her tiny room, with her throat slit from ear to ear. Archer digs deeper into the case and discovers a web of deceit and intrigue, with crazed number-runners from Detroit, gorgeous triple-crossing molls, and a golden-boy shipping heir who's gone mysteriously missing.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ivy is used to being overlooked. The youngest in a family of thieves, scoundrels, and roustabouts, the girl with the flame-colored hair and odd-colored eyes is declared useless by her father from the day she is born. But that's only if you look at her but don't see. For Ivy has a quality that makes people take notice. It's more than beauty -- and it draws people toward her. Which makes her the perfect subject for an aspiring painter named Oscar Aretino Frosdick, a member of the pre-Raphaelite school of artists. Oscar is determined to make his mark on the art world, with Ivy as his model and muse. But behind Ivy's angelic looks lurk dark secrets and a troubled past -- a past that has given her an unfortunate taste for laudanum. And when treachery and jealousy surface in the Eden that is the artist's garden, Ivy must learn to be more than a pretty face if she is to survive. Julie Hearn, author ofThe Minister's DaughterandThe Sign of the Raven, has created a memorable tale of nineteenth-century England with a character destined to take her place alongside Dickens's Pip and Oliver Twist.
Jean Stone's dramatic, suspenseful novel weaves together the lives of three young women with a closely guarded secret that puts a teenage girl in jeopardy. They met at a prestigious women's college in New England; three women from different backgrounds: Charlie, the poor girl from the wrong side of town; Tess, the gifted artist seeking love and acceptance; and Marina, a European princess craving an ordinary life. They were best friends and soul mates, and together they swore to keep a shocking secret. Now, fifteen years later, the past has come back to shatter their worlds and rekindle long forgotten dreams. Charlie's teenage daughter has been kidnapped--but not for the ransom that her wealthy husband can pay. The truth reunites the roommates and forces them to confront the girls they were and the women they have become. Only now do they understand that true strength lies in their faith in one another and their willingness to expose the scandal, lies, and desperate acts born of sacrifice. And only the truth behind their ivy secrets can set them free. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Rose of Blacksword, Spellbound, and Tender, Loving Cure.
One of the decisive battles of World War II (1939-1945) in the Pacific, Iwo Jima was described by Lieutenant-General Holland Smith, Commander Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, as "The most savage and most costly battle in the history of the Marine Corps" - a titanic struggle that eclipsed all that had gone before. Situated halfway along the B-29 Superfortress route to the Japanese mainland, the island was of major strategic importance to the US Air Force, but also to the Japanese, 20,000 of whom were deeply entrenched in the island. This book provides a definitive account of the battle, from its origins to its hard-fought conclusion.
"A vivid and compelling account by a true master of oral history." --General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander, Europe On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American marines invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific. Over the next thirty-five days, approximately 28,000 combatants died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of the costliest battles of World War II. Bestselling author Larry Smith lets twenty-two veterans tell the story of this epic clash in their own words; the result is a "superb and fascinating work by one of our nation's leading oral historians" (Jay Winik, author of April 1865). Iwo Jima includes accounts from the last surviving flag raiser on Mount Suribachi, a Navajo code talker, a retired general, two Medal of Honor recipients, and B-29 flyers. With numerous photographs and maps, Iwo Jima is a stunning history of an emblematic battle and a powerful, personal history of this greatest generation of marines.
Introduced by Apple in January 2005, iWork '05 is an innovative new suite of document and presentation software that's the same caliber as Apple's groundbreaking digital media applications and that's wholly dedicated to what Mac users like you care about most: artistry and creativity. iWork '05 isn't about "office productivity"--it's about creating slick and stylish documents and cinema-quality digital presentations that say precisely what you want them to say. While iWork '05 helps you create stunning documents and presentations, the suite doesn't come with any in-depth documentation of its own. That's where iWork '05: The Missing Manual comes in. The book that should have been in the box, it gives you everything you need to master iWork '05. Seamlessly integrated with the wildly popular iLife '05 and designed to take advantage of the advanced typography and graphics engine of Mac OS X, iWork is actually two separate programs: Pages and Keynote 2. Pages is a brand-new, streamlined word processor and page layout program that allows nonprofessionals to quickly and painlessly produce gorgeous brochures, newsletters, letters, invitations, product data sheets, and more. You can start documents from scratch or use one of the 40 professionally designed templates as a starting point. Keynote 2 is a significant upgrade to Keynote, Apple's PowerPoint-like presentation software that allows you to build unique presentations, demonstrations, storyboard animations, interactive slideshows, and more. Like every Missing Manual, this one is refreshingly entertaining and scrupulously detailed. iWork '05: The Missing Manual gives you all the essentials of Pages and Keynote 2, including an objective look at each program's capabilities, its advantages over similar programs, and its limitations. The book delivers countless goodies that you won't find anywhere else: undocumented tips, tricks, and secrets for getting the very best results from both exciting new applications. With the iWork '05 suite and iWork '05: The Missing Manual, you are totally equipped to give your work the style it deserves.
"iWoz? traces the life and times of a brilliant, gifted... individual whose contributions to the scientific, business and cultural realms are extensive."--?Bookpage Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange, alien vending machines. But in "the most staggering burst of technical invention by a single person in high-tech history" (?BusinessWeek?) Steve Wozniak invented the first true personal computer. Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs, and Apple Computer was born, igniting the computer revolution and transforming the world. Here, thirty years later, the mischievous genius with the low profile treats readers to a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of his life--for once, in the voice of the wizard himself.
Four stories from two of Japan's most beloved and acclaimed fiction writers.The Izu Dancer was the story that first introduced Kawabata's prodigious talent to the West. This story was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly, in 1958. Stories by Inoue include, "The Counterfeiter," "Obasute," and "The Full Moon." Inoue's stories are at least partially autobiographical, and Inoue's attitudes toward human destiny and fatalism are strongly influenced by his separation from his parents at an early age--yet all of his stories reveal his great compassion for his fellow human being.
A car accident causes fifteen-year-old Izzy to lose one leg. Then she must start building a new life.
Finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize"J is a snarling, effervescent, and ambitious philosophical work of fiction that poses unsettling questions about our sense of history, and our self-satisfied orthodoxies. Jacobson's triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling from the debris." --Independent (UK) Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson's brilliant and profound new novel, J, "invites comparison with George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World" (Sunday Times, London). Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying. Kevern Cohen doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinn's guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pair's actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them together--whatever the cost. In this stunning, evocative, and terribly heartbreaking work, where one couple's love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race, Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.From the Hardcover edition.
Trial by Fire In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her--or why. Then a savior appears. Sister Anselm is a devoted advocate for unidentified patients, but to Jane Doe's remorseless would-be killer, she poses a serious threat. Ali Reynolds, the police department's new media consultant, struggles to help Sister Anselm locate the missing relatives. But their efforts may be exposing the victim once more to danger. In the fearless pursuit of justice, Ali discovers a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined. Fatal Error Ali Reynolds begins the summer thinking her most difficult challenge will be surviving a six-week-long course as the lone forty-something female at the Arizona Police Academy. However, when Brenda Riley, a former colleague, shows up in town with an alcohol problem and an unlikely story about a missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly agrees to help. But when the man posing as Brenda's fiancé is viciously murdered and the police focus their investigation on Brenda, Ali is quickly drawn into a web of online intrigue that may lead to a real-world fatal error. Left for Dead When one of Ali's former Arizona Police Academy classmates is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the violent drug cartels. But the crime scene investigation reveals there's much more to the story. Summoned to his hospital bedside, Ali meets another seriously injured victim--an unidentified young woman, presumed to be an illegal border crosser, who was raped and savagely beaten. Ali is determined to seek justice in both cases. But as she zeroes in on the truth, the real killer is lining her up in the crosshairs...
"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover's FBI was an American gestapo."--Newsweek Shocking, grim, frightening, Curt Gentry's masterful portrait of America's top policeman is a unique political biography. From more than 300 interviews and over 100,000 pages of previously classified documents, Gentry reveals exactly how a paranoid director created the fraudulent myth of an invincible, incorruptible FBI. For almost fifty years, Hoover held virtually unchecked public power, manipulating every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. He kept extensive blackmail files and used illegal wiretaps and hidden microphones to destroy anyone who opposed him. The book reveals how Hoover helped create McCarthyism, blackmailed the Kennedy brothers, and influenced the Supreme Court; how he retarded the civil rights movement and forged connections with mobsters; and what part he played in the investigations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
Top tax guidance for today's turbulent real estate marketDespite the downturn in the real estate market, savvy investors can continue to capture profits by using money-saving tax strategies.In The Real Estate Investor's Tax Edge, authors Scott Estill and Stephanie Long provide all of the necessary tax planning techniques to lower your tax bill and fully capitalize upon your real estate investments. In addition to this, you'll learn how to protect your assets and avoid losses in a down market through smart tax planning strategies. Containing the most updated tax law information, and offering tax-planning tips geared toward today's real estate market, this reliable resource is a complete guide to managing your real estate taxes.Outlines effective strategies for legally reducing the impact of taxes on your real estate assetsOffers detailed coverage of the newest tax laws and rules affecting real estateFocuses on tax smart techniques for making the most of your real estate investmentsIn today's volatile real estate market, it's important to make the most of your assets by paying the legal minimum in taxes-no more and no less. The Real Estate Investor's Tax Edge will show you how to achieve this goal, and put you in a better position to profit during even the most difficult of times.
Stop overpaying on your small business taxes! J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2016 helps small business owners maximize their bottom line with straightforward, yet comprehensive guidance from the most trusted name in tax. Featuring a complete listing of all available business expense deductions, including dollar limits and record-keeping requirements, this book helps you quickly determine what kind of tax relief is available to you, and how to take it--all the way down to where to claim deductions on the forms themselves. Tax facts, strategies, and the latest up-to-date information help ensure that you don't miss out on money-saving opportunities, and sample forms and checklists help you get organized and submit a complete and proper filing. You're an expert on your business, not on taxes. But you still have to pay them. Millions of small business owners pay too much because they lack the time and expertise to identify deductions designed with them in mind. This book aims to put a stop to overpayment in 2016, so you can put more of your time and money back where it belongs. Simplify tax time and focus on your business Reduce your tax bill easily and legally Find the answers that are relevant to your business Understand deductions and how to take them properly As a small business owner, your plate is full just keeping your business going. You don't have the time or energy to start a second career as a tax accountant, yet you don't want to overpay the IRS when that money could do great things for your business. J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2016 is your solution manual for a streamlined tax time and substantial tax savings.
A comprehensive biography of J. K. Rowling, the author of the famed Harry Potter books. Follow Joanne as she grows up, becomes married, gets published and lives life as one of the richest people in Britain.
PETER JACKSON'S FILM VERSION of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy-and the accompanying Rings-related paraphernalia and publicity-has played a unique role in the dissemination of Tolkien's imaginative creation to the masses. Yet, for most readers and viewers, the underlying meaning of Middle-earth has remained obscure. Bradley Birzer has remedied that with this fresh study. In J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth, Birzer reveals the surprisingly specific religious symbolism that permeates Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He also explores the social and political views that motivated the Oxford don, ultimately situating Tolkien within the Christian humanist tradition represented by Thomas More and T. S. Eliot, Dante and C. S. Lewis. Birzer argues that through the genre of myth Tolkien created a world that is essentially truer than the one we think we see around us everyday, a world that transcends the colorless disenchantment of our postmodern age. This meticulously researched work provides interesting reading for Tolkien fans and for students of literature, political science and theology.
In this complete treasury of his best sermons on prayer, the world's most beloved Bible teacher--Dr. J. Vernon McGee--reveals the truth about communicating with God. In his own warm, inimitable style, Dr. McGee examines the role of prayer in the life of every believer. Dr. McGee uses biblical exposition to explore:why he considers prayer the Christian's "greatest neglected resource."the prayer styles of great men of faith including: Daniel, Abraham, Nehemiah.the "real" Lord's Prayer and its meaning for believers today.times when prayer does not seem to have an effect.the secret to prayers of power.the proper posture of prayer.how Jesus intended that His followers pray.
Fifteen-year-old Jack's confused feelings for his father, who left him and his mother four years earlier, are further complicated when he finds that his father is gay.
Chug the tractor sees some boys damaging his park at night and figures out how to alert his friend Jack.
A revealing look at the private life of America's most adored first couple -- by an international best-selling author. Theirs was one of the great love stories of our time. Indeed, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, captured and have held the world's imagination as perhaps no other husband and wife in modern history. Yet despite the billions of words that have been written about this most golden of couples, the true nature of their relationship has been veiled in mystery and mystique. Until now. With stunning information from important sources, some of whom were sworn to secrecy until Jackie's death in May 1994, and previously sealed archival material, international best-selling author Christopher Anderson examines their unique partnership and the courage, grace, and humor that defined it. Jack and Jackie is packed with startling revelations about the secrets and events that shaped their lives, including: --Never before known details of their courtship, from being caught by the police while necking in Jack's car to a behind-the-scenes look at their spectacular wedding --The world-famous women whose romances with JFK have previously been unreported, including Audrey Hepburn, Lee Remick and Sophia Loren -- Jackie's brief romance with William Holden, and at a low point in the marriage, with top Kennedy Administration official Roswell Gilpatric --New details about Jack's medical condition, and how the disturbing truth was concealed from the press and public --Their concerns about fertility, and Jackie's troubled pregnancies; the way Caroline and John Jr. transformed their lives -- and the touching story of how the death of their infant son Patrick brought Jack and Jackie closer than they had ever been, only months before Dallas. Sympathetic yet revealing, Jack and Jackie is more than just a portrait of a marriage. It goes beneath the surface to expose the complex emotional dynamics that fueled one of America's greatest relationships. --Over 50 black & white photos, many never before published!
Mother Goose is doing the undead shuffle! Every kiddie loves nursery rhymes-even the little ones in advanced state of decay who enjoy chowing down on human viscera. Now the twisted madmen who brought you It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies and Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime are eviscerating the beloved poems that once filled our tiny oozing childish brains. This time "Little Miss Muffet Turned on a Tuffet" into something putrid and smelly, and it's "Three Undead Mice" scampering across our kitchen table. So enjoy these delightful zombie-infused ditties-a feast of gruesome fun for anyone who has ever known, ever been, or ever eaten a child!
Jack and Rochelle (Schleiff) Sutin tell their stories in tandem, through their son, of surviving World War II by hiding in the forests of Poland as resistance fighters against the Nazis, Polish collaborators, and antisemitic Russian partisans. They ultimately relocated to the U. S. and enjoyed a long, happy family life. The book includes a map of principal locations featured in the narrative, family photographs, drawings, and an insightful afterword about children of Holocaust survivors.