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From the Book jacket: From the Author: I started writing books for young people when I was an elementary-school teacher. I wanted my students to read more, and I began to write books about things that they were interested in. They liked to read about people who were famous and how they got to be famous. Most of my students were black, and I wanted them to have books about black people who had overcome poverty and discrimination. These kinds of books were not available when I was growing up in the South. In fact, I could not even use the public library, because I was black. Although Diana Ross grew up in Detroit, not the South, she had to overcome a lot of barriers because she was poor and black. I have followed her career ever since she began singing with the Supremes. When she played Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, I became even more interested. She was "stretching" her talents. She wasn't content just to be a singer. I feel that she has a lot of courage and has taken many risks in her career. Many newspaper and magazine articles have been written about Diana Ross. Many of these articles are on microfilm or in large, bound magazine volumes in the library. It was interesting to go through these articles and read what she said years ago. It was fun to look at pictures from twenty years back. Styles in hair and clothing have changed so much. People change, too. The important thing is whether or not they feel good about the changes, whether or not they are able to grow in spirit. Diana Ross has. J.H.
Diana, a gauche tomboy, is resentful when Squire Radford interferes with her plan to go fox hunting with her father. She goes, despite the vicar's stern command to stay home. The squire recognizes her, and when she sees that her father is really angry, she runs off from the hunt. She quickly realizes that she is quite lost, and it is sleeting heavily, and her horse must have shelter. She shelters in the home of Lord Mark Dantrey, whom all the county mamas are determined she shall not snatch. She is disguised as a boy, so she thinks she is safe. The next day, when the vicar sees her, he informs her that her hunting days are over, that she will go to Lady Godolphin for a season in London. She determines to do something quite different from what he has in mind; she will live as a man in London for one week of freedom. At the beginning of her journey, she meets Jack Emberton, a card sharp who is not above making money by other means. He decides she is fair game. A Gypsy has told her that a tall, dark man will enter her life, so she thinks Jack fits the bill perfectly. She arrives in London, masquerades as a boy, but is "press-ganged" the first morning she ventures out on her own, is rescued by Lord Dantrey, and goes to Lady Godolphin and confesses all. The vicar arrives on the scene, after having received an anonymous letter, which frightens them, since Lady Godolphin and Diana thought the scandal was thoroughly squashed, and that she was likely to receive a marriage proposal before the season even began. Her season is abruptly curtailed, and she finds herself back in Hopeworth, where her doings in London must be kept very quiet. Diana does finally accept the fact that she is a woman, and doesn't mind it at all!
Says Diana Bertholf: "My family is Jewish. Cathy, a girl I considered my friend, told me, 'My mother says you are a Jew and your relatives killed Jesus.' Once a teacher in an early grade gently said, 'I always pray for my little Jewish students. The Bible says to pray for the Jews.' Wasn't I OK the way I was? "These incidents ate at me like a piece of sand in an oyster and a shell of confusion and rage began to build up around my spirit. "When I was twenty-two, I read the Bible. . . . The story in that book amazed me with its simplicity and straightforwardness. It seemed an honest, reasonable way to believe and to behave. Not that it negated my Jewishness; rather, it added to my understanding and broadened it. The Messiah had, indeed, already come." This is a story of change and growth, of alienation from family and personal turmoil, of searching and finding. Diana says, "How precious it is to serve a living God who knows us and watches over us tenderly. It is like walking on a path and being guided by the north star."
A collection of recipes from New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson with an excerpt from her next book, The Whole Enchilada.
Conventional wisdom tells parents that they should delay potty training to toddler age, and only after seeing signs of readiness. But is that really the best way? In Diaper-Free Before 3, Dr. Jill Lekovic presents the new case that early training--beginning as early as nine months olds--is most natural, healthy, and beneficial for your child, based on medical evidence. By incoporating the potty into your child's routine early on, toilet training becomes far less stressful for both parent and child. Dr. Lekovic's method, which she has used successfully with her own kids and recommends to patients, helps children become better aware of their body's signals, boosts confidence, and decreases the risk of urinary health problems. The guide includes informative chapters on bedwetting, accidents, and adapting the method for day care, special-needs children, and older toddlers. Offering a technique that really works and turns toilet training into a positive experience, Diaper-Free Before 3 is sure to become a new parenting classic.
Violet Jordan Rule #1 of being a superhero: No tights. Dear Diary, By now you know I'm hardly a normal girl. Last night I woke up naked in an alley after fighting off some werewolves. All in a day's work, I guess. I thought I was dealing pretty well with the whole werepanther thing: the training, the apocalyptic prophecies. And the hot guy following me around, protecting me at every turn, is definitely a bonus. I'm even starting to become accustomed to the bloodshed and the violence-and that's what scares me. What will tomorrow bring...
Just before the outbreak of World War II, young Witold Gombrowicz left his home in Poland and set sail for South America. In 1953, still living as an expatriate in Argentina, he began hisDiarywith one of literature's most memorable openings: "Monday Me. Tuesday Me. Wednesday Me. Thursday Me. " Gombrowicz'sDiarygrew to become a vast collection of essays, short notes, polemics, and confessions on myriad subjects ranging from political events to literature to the certainty of death. Not a traditional journal,Diaryis instead the commentary of a brilliant and restless mind. Widely regarded as a masterpiece, this brilliant work compelled Gombrowicz's attention for a decade and a half until he penned his final entry in France, shortly before his death in 1969. Long out of print in English,Diaryis now presented in a convenient single volume featuring a new preface by Rita Gombrowicz, the author's widow and literary executor. This edition also includes ten previously unpublished pages from the 1969 portion of the diary.
When the two grown daughters of Elizabeth Marshall discover an old diary of their mother's in her attic, it comes as a shock to learn that the true love of Elizabeth's life was not their father. This is the mystery the two daughters must unravel as they stay up late reading the words penned by Elizabeth so long ago. Their mother can't give them the answers: After a massive stroke, she lies mute and near death in a nursing home. Only the pages of her diary can provide clues to what really happened. In a richly detailed journey into the past, we see Elizabeth lose her heart to one man while remaining devoted to another. Finally, she must choose between the stable, loyal Bob. . . and the electrifying and unpredictable A. J. , who spent time in juvenile detention as a teen. When a suspicious fire in the neighborhood is linked to A. J. , Elizabeth is faced with another dilemma: She's the only one who can clear A. J. 's name, but to do so would ruin her reputation. Surprisingly, it's Bob who comes to the rescue, forcing Elizabeth to make perhaps the most painful decision of her life. . . . The Diaryis a love story. It's also the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and her daughters.
Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she's now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn't stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they've found on the walls of houses he remodeled.Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America's most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk's most impressive work to date.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Being a teen is not simple. There are a wide range of issues demanding their attention and examination, from discrimination to drugs, sexuality, friendship and stress. The Diary Project website (www.diaryproject.com), started in 1995, was created to give young people a safe place to discuss issues anonymously. From the privacy of their computers, they could share thoughts, dreams, fears and advice--and, most importantly, find that theyre not alone. Today there are tens of thousands of diary entries on the site. Some are funny, some poignant, some profound. All are vividly real.The Diary Deck collects a sampling of these writings. Each page includes one entry and three thought-provoking questions about its topic. The Diary Deck is a powerful tool to get teens, parents and teachers talking.
Every new parent desperately wants to know what goes on in the mind of a baby. Now a noted authority on infant development and psychiatry brings us closer than ever before to penetrating a your child's consciousness. In alternating sections of evocative prose, representing the baby's own voice, and explanatory text, Daniel Stern draws on the latest research findings to recreate the baby's world. "
A new work of fiction by the Nobel Prize winning author of "Disgrace". In this brilliant new work of fiction, J. M. Coetzee once again breaks new literary ground with a book that is, in the words of its main character, a response to the present in which I find myself. "Diary of a Bad Year" takes on the world of politics -- a new topic for Coetzee -- and explores the role of the writer in our times with an extraordinary moral compass. At the center of the book is Señor C, an aging author who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world by his German publisher. These thoughts, called 'Strong Opinions', address a wide range of subjects and include a scathing indictment of Bush, Cheney, and Blair, as well as a witheringly honest examination of everything from Machiavelli and the current state of the university to music, literature, and intelligent design, offering unexpected perceptions and insightful arguments along the way. Meanwhile, someone new enters the writer's life: Anya, the beautiful young woman whom he hires to type his manuscript. The relationship that develops between Señor C and Anya has a profound effect on both of them. It also changes the course of Anya's relationship with Alan, the successful, swaggering man whom she lives with -- and who has designs on Señor C's bank account. Through these characters, Coetzee creates an ingenious literary game that will enthrall readers and surprise them with its emotional power.
A diary from a lifetime ago. A ghost from the past. And an infatuation long forgotten.Wedding singer Georgia Ray Miller dreams of becoming a "blues goddess," but her own doubts keep getting in the way. Besides, she's got enough to keep her occupied, living in a huge haunted (former) brothel with her hippie grandmother, her surrogate boyfriend, Jack, and the Big Easy's most infamous drag queen. Still, she can't help being mesmerized by stories from an old blues pianist. When she discovers a diary from a long-lost aunt, she finds out the blues is truly in her blood.But before Georgia gathers the courage to sing the Delta blues, she must first figure out the affairs of her heart. Does she remain in the comfortable relationship she's found with Jack? Does she run off with the love of her life, a man from her past with a roguish reputation? Or strike out on her own? She thinks she has it all figured out, but the ghosts of the past have a way of intruding on the present....
16-year-old Shiraz Bailey Wood's days are filled with hoodies, hip-hop, and hanging around outside Claire's Accessories. Her parents work crap jobs and her school is pretty much chav central. There's not much goin' on in the world of this lovable dreamer, and having a brain and a heart of gold only makes it worse. Shiraz loathes being called a chav because she may be poor but she's not trashy, but she can't do much about it-yet. Shiraz is beginning to feel there's a lot more to life than minimum wage and the bling of a souped-up Vauxhall Nova. Told in diary entries over the course of a year attending the unfortunately named "SuperChav Academy" (where she'll do anything to prove she's not a chav), Shiraz's insanely funny voice and spirited narrative shows there is always a way to rise above any obstacle.
It's the week of Wrestlemania, an event that began the same year as Shawn Michaels' decorated career, an annual spectacular that The Heartbreak Kid seized time after time as his personal stage of excellence. Such a grand setting could not be more appropriate for WWE's one and only Showstopper to add "Mr. Hall of Fame" to his myriad monikers. From his debut in 1984 to his final WWE match in 2010, the world has seen Michaels allure audiences and perform like no other entertainer in history. But that's inside the ring. What if you could walk beside the incomparable Heartbreak Kid outside the squared circle, beyond the curtain and spend four days with the man living a boyhood dream? Diary of a Heartbreak Kid shadows Shawn Michaels for an immensely poignant occasion of reflection, introspection and celebration as The Heartbreak Kid is inducted into the esteemed WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 2, 2011. In a moment-to-moment narrative, Diary captures the raw emotions and unfiltered candor of The Heartbreak Kid as he's reunited with family, friends and a veritable who's who of squared circle lore - Triple H, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Ric Flair, The Rock, Vince McMahon - all of whom have crossed and shaped Michaels' path to the Hall of Fame. With his beautiful wife, two jubilant children, time tested faith and nearly three decades of four-cornered memories, the retired Michaels steps back into the warmth of the limelight during the weekend of WWE's grandest extravaganza to experience the greatest honor in sports-entertainment. And with Diary of a Heartbreak Kid, you're riding shotgun.
Tuffy the pet cat tries to defend himself against accusations of terrifying other animals and murdering the neighbor's rabbit.
A fun, witty, sexy, page-turning novel written by a real-life, high-priced Manhattan call girl. This is the diary of Nancy Chan, busy career girl, in her thirties, newly engaged and trying to balance job and romance. But Nancy is a high-class call girl, a fact her banker fiance, Matt does not know (he thinks sheâ s a copy editor) and Nancy wants to keep it that way. With one foot in the bedrooms of her rich and demanding clients and one in the world of her fiancÃ© and his family, Nancy demonstrates, in her inimitable fashion, that if you know the dance, you can keep those two worlds from colliding. At least for a while. This wonderfully intelligent, sexually frank, rollicking novel gives us fresh insight into the machinations and politics of being an expensive call girl in the modern world. Quan pulls no punches, gives no apologies, and has written one of the best and most honest books yet on the topic.
In this irreverent take on infidelity and modern marriage, newlywed topflight prostitute Nancy Chan finds herself struggling to adjust to the realities of domestic bliss. She's honing her respectable image as the wife of investment banker Matt, cooking fashionable meals and taking his shirts to the cleaners. But now that she and Matt share a home, it's getting harder to keep her career as an exclusive call girl a secret. Nancy fears what might happen if Matt finds out, but she can't quite bring herself to give up her financial independence. And now Matt wants to start a family. Motherhood could jeopardize her business--and what will it do to her body? Will Nancy have to give up her career to save her marriage? If you've ever had a naughty secret or struggled with competing desires, this funny, insightful romp will strike a chord. From the Trade Paperback edition.
An intimate exploration of inspiration and creativity, from the "parfumeur exclusif" of the house of Hermès. A scent has incantatory powers, capable of transporting you to your past, of kindling fantasies, of creating a vivid mise en scène--literally out of thin air. In the hands of the truly great, perfume creation is a kind of alchemy. Where does inspiration for this visceral art come from? How does one capture the essence of emotions, of desire? Jean-Claude Ellena has a sublime gift. As "parfumeur exclusif" (or "the nose") for Hermès, he elevates fragrance to an art form. A "writer of perfume," his concoctions are as finely composed and evocative as a haiku. He is also a conjurer of sorts: "I create an illusion that is actually stronger than reality . . . you enter the scent and follow the path." The Diary of a Nose is a collection of Ellena's meditations on the world of scents, and what stirs his creation of some of the world's most desired fragrances. Inspiration can come from anywhere--a market stall, a landscape, or even the movement of calligraphy. Though each smell has its own distinct character, a gifted perfumer creates olfactory experiences that are intensely personal and unique, that blossom on the body and leave a trace of us lingering after we have left a room. Seductive, delicate, and elegant as any of Ellena's creations, The Diary of a Nose seeks to capture the most elusive facets of this rarefied and mysterious art.
Meet Katie Sutton. She may just look like your average thirteen-year-old girl but in reality, she's the world's leading expert in Grown Up behavior. And you're in luck because in your hands you hold a one-of-a-kind guide to training your parent and becoming highly skilled at: understanding their insane behavior, predicting their next moves, and operating them to your best advantage. So please keep this book out of the way of your grown up, we don't want them going into "grumpy mode" too soon.From the Hardcover edition.
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