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Bessica's settled into middle school life . . . her friendship with Sylvie is back on, she's made some cool new friends, she's dealing with the psycho-bullies, and handling more homework than should ever be allowed. But what's worrying her most these days are her mascot duties. The pressure's on to be the funniest, wildest bear mascot her school's ever seen--and to make sure her rival tiger mascot doesn't humiliate her on the field. Is that even possible?From the Hardcover edition.
As a young black girl growing up in Glasgow, Jackie Kay found in Bessie Smith someone with whom she could identify and idolise. Her fascinating and extraordinary Outline mixes fact and fiction, poetry and prose as she relates the tempestuous life of the greatest blues singer who ever lived. She takes us from Bessie's early years in Chattanooga, and her time spent with Ma and Pa Rainey in the Moses Stokes Travelling Show, through her rapid rise to fame and fortune, her raucous and wild lifestyle on the road in her famous yellow Pullman railroad car, to her slide from popularity during the Depression years and her eventual tragic death in a car crash in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1937.
With 100 imaginative, healthy and great-tasting recipes for using your at-home juice machine, Jessica Fisher's BEST 100 JUICES FOR KIDS brings the juicing revolution home for everyone in the family. Jessica Fisher's creative and tasty approach to juicing includes terrific, kid-friendly alternatives to juices loaded with additives and sugar without the expense of natural store-bought varieties. With ideas for both fruit- and vegetable-based juices, as well as Jessica's expert advice on how to include more of both in nutrient-adverse kids' diets in a way that children will actually enjoy, this cookbook offers a new take on a popular topic that gets everyone drinking more healthfully. Outside of the extensive variety of juices in the book, Jessica also includes a number of other inventive ideas for smoothies (including several dairy-free vegan options), "sparklies" (club soda-based carbonated drinks), as well as icy slushies and juice-based ice pops. Throughout, Jessica offers advice on how best to make each recipe on both low-end and high-end juicers, and she provides expert guidance on how readers can get the best results from whatever model of machine they own. Great for making use of extra produce, getting kids and young adults to drink healthier, and as a way to involve children in the kitchen, Jessica's BEST 100 JUICES FOR KIDS is a much-needed addition to any home-juicers cookbook shelf.s can put these things to good use in muffins, quick breads, soups, and even pasta sauces.
We all know how important it is to give our kids a healthy, balanced diet. But how best to make sure they are getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need when fruits and vegetables are some of the least favorite items on their plate? Popular food writer, blogger and mother of three Deborah Harroun has the answer in 100 delightfully flavorful and nutritious recipes for kid-friendly smoothies. Her newest cookbook, BEST 100 SMOOTHIES FOR KIDS offers up kid-test and kid-approved recipes that are sure to please everyone in the family. The book includes recipes for fruit- and vegetable-based juices, as well as a variety that combine fruits and veggies or get their flavor and nutrients from things other than produce. The chapters include Breakfast Smoothies, Lunch and Lunchbox Smoothies, Snacktime Smoothies, Smoothies for Dinner, and Dessert Smoothies. Two special chapters cover Holiday Smoothies, such as pumpkin-flavored smoothies for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and Bedtime Smoothies, made with tryptophan-rich milk bases and with soothing ingredients like chamomile, cinnamon, vanilla, and lemon. What's better than a well-fed and happy child who falls asleep easily after a busy day? Harroun also provides a variety of different options for creating the perfect smoothie, with recipes that include milk- and yogurt-based smoothies as well as dairy-free options made from juice, water, rice milk, almond milk, and soy milk. There are even numerous gluten-free and vegan options as well. Harroun serves up a hundred bright and colorful, healthy and satisfying drinks in this new four-color and photo-rich cookbook. The emphasis throughout is on providing a wide range of flavors, colors, and nutrients, guaranteed to broaden the horizons of any child who thinks carrots or apples are the only acceptable items from the supermarket's produce section. Parents--and doctors and dentists--can take heart in the fact that Harroun uses no processed or white sugar for sweetening her smoothies. With all these options for creating inspired smoothies, parents no longer have to worry about making sure their children are getting all the nutrition they need. The only challenge is figuring out which of these delicious recipes to try first!
What Makes THE BEST 380 COLLEGES the Most Popular College Guide?Written for any student or parent mystified by the confusing college admissions process, The Best 380 Colleges provides the facts and information needed to make a smart decision about which of the country's best schools to consider. It contains everything you need to make the right college choice and features:DIRECT QUOTES FROM STUDENTS· In-depth school profiles covering academics, administration, campus life, and financial aid· Insights on unique college character, social scene, and more· Candid feedback from 136,000 studentsRANKING LISTS & RATINGS SCORES· Lists of the top 20 colleges in 62 categories based on students' opinions of academics, campus life, facilities, and much more· Ratings for every school on Financial Aid, Selectivity, and Quality of Life· Bonus list of the 200 schools featured in Colleges That Pay You BackDETAILED ADMISSIONS INFORMATION· The "Inside Word" on competitive applications· Tuition, graduation rates, and average indebtednessWhat the media is saying about The Best 380 Colleges from The Princeton Review:"The offbeat indexes, along with the chattily written descriptions of each school, provide a colorful picture of each campus."-The New York Times"The most efficient of the college guidebooks. Has entertaining profiles larded with quotes from students."-Rolling Stone"A great book.... It's a bargain."-CNN"Our favorite college guidebook."-Seventeen"Provides the kind of feedback students would get from other students in a campus visit."-USA TodayFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
An exciting collection of dangerous adventures and groundbreaking exploration, The Best Adventure and Exploration Stories Ever Told compiles the works of authors from all over the world and from the very distant past to recent eras.Popular and well-known authors such as Herman Melville, Jack London, Joseph Conrad, and Jules Verne are featured, as well as Homer's mythic tales and Iceland's mesmerizing sagas from the tenth and eleventh centuries. Nonfiction stories add a riveting, realistic aspect of adventure to the collection. These include accounts from Shackleton's polar expeditions; early American stories from the famed Lewis and Clark; spellbinding accounts of Magellan's perilous expeditions to uncharted areas; and many more no less exciting.The stories compiled in this priceless collection represent a thousand years of adventure, expedition, danger, and discovery. They inspire as well as awe, and readers will find themselves with an urge to follow in these great adventurers' footsteps. Ancient and modern escapades placed side by side make this book perfect for all who crave the adrenaline of adventure and discovery. This title is part of Skyhorse's respected The Best Stories series, each of which is selectively edited and handcrafted to include only the best stories from the best writers of the genre.
What was the tipping point for Malcolm Gladwell? What unscripted event made Meryl Streep who she is? How did Mario Batali cook up his recipe for success? In this inspiration-packed book, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and business--distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.Among the many voices to be heard here are financial guru Suze Orman on the benefits of doing what's right, not what's easy; director Steven Spielberg on listening rather than being listened to; quarterback Drew Brees on how his (literal) big break changed his life; and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld on the secrets of a great long-term relationship (she suggests marrying someone less neurotic than you); not to mention:* Michael Bloomberg: "Eighty percent of success is showing up . . . early."* Eric Stonestreet: "Remember that the old lady who's taking forever in line is someone's grandma."* Joyce Carol Oates: "Read widely--what you want to read, and not what someone suggests that you should read."* Jimmy Kimmel: "When in doubt, order the hamburger.'"* Apolo Ohno: "It's not about the forty seconds; it's about the four years, the time it took to get there."* Madeleine K. Albright: "Never play hide-and-seek with the truth."Along the way, Couric reflects on the good advice--and the missteps--that have guided her from her early days as a desk assistant at ABC to her groundbreaking role as the first female anchor of the CBS Evening News. She reveals how the words of Thomas Jefferson helped her deal with her husband's tragic death from cancer, and what encouraged her to leave the security of NBC's Today show for a new adventure at CBS.Delightful, empowering, and moving, The Best Advice I Ever Got is the perfect book for anyone who is thinking about the future, contemplating taking a risk, or daring to make a leap into the great unknown. This book is for all of us, young or old, who want to see how today's best and brightest got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top.
This exciting collection introduces the first-ever annual anthology of essay writing by African Americans. Here are remarkable essays on a variety of subjects informed by -- but not necessarily about -- the experience of blackness, as seen through the eyes of some of our finest writers. From art, entertainment, and science to technology, sexuality, and current events -- including the battle for the Democratic nomination for the presidency -- the essays in this inaugural anthology offer the compelling perspectives of a number of well-known, distinguished writers, among them Malcolm Gladwell, Jamaica Kincaid, James McBride, and Walter Mosley, and a number of other writers who are just beginning to be heard. Selected from a diverse array of respected publications, the essays gathered here are about making history, living everyday life -- and everything in between. In "Fired", author and professor Emily Bernard wrestles with the pain of a friendship inexplicably ended. Kenneth McClane writes hauntingly of the last days of his parents' lives in "Driving". Journalist Brian Palmer shares "The Last Thoughts of an Iraq War Embed". Jamaica Kincaid describes her oddly charged relationship with that quintessentially British, Wordsworthian flower in "Dances with Daffodils", and writer Hawa Allan depicts the forces of race and rivalry as two catwalk icons face off in "When Tyra Met Naomi". A venue in which African American writers can branch out from traditionally "black" subjects, "Best African American Essays' features a range of gifted voices exploring the many issues and experiences, joys and trials, that, as human beings, we all share.
From stories that depict black life in times gone by to those that address contemporary issues, this inaugural volume gathers the very best in 2009 African American fiction.
Explore fascinating, often chilling "what if" accounts of the world that could have existed-and still might yet . . .Science fiction's most illustrious and visionary authors hold forth the ultimate alternate history collection. Here you'll experience mind-bending tales that challenge your views of the past, present, and future, including:* "The Lucky Strike": When The Lucky Strike is chosen over The Enola Gay to drop the first atomic bomb, fate takes an unexpected turn in Kim Stanley Robinson's gripping tale.* "Bring the Jubilee": Ward Moore's novella masterpiece offers a rebel victory at Gettysburg which changes the course of the Civil War . . . and all of American history.* "Through Road No Wither": After Hitler's victory in World War II, two Nazi officers confront their destiny in Greg Bear's apocalyptic vision of the future.* "All the Myriad Ways": Murder or suicide, Ambrose Harmon's death leads the police down an infinite number of pathways in Larry Niven's brilliant and defining tale of alternatives and consequences.* "Mozart in Mirrorshades": Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner explore a terrifying era as the future crashes into the past-with disastrous results.. . . as well as works by Poul Anderson * Gregory Benford * Jack L. Chalker * Nicholas A. DiChario * Brad Linaweaver * William Sanders * Susan Shwartz * Allen Steele * and Harry Turtledove himself!The definitive collection: fourteen seminal alternate history tales drawing readers into a universe of dramatic possibility and endless wonder.
The Best Alternative Medicine is the only book available today that both evaluates the major areas of alternative medicine and addresses how they can be used to treat specific conditions. Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier explains such popular therapies as mind/body medicine, herbal and homeopathic remedies, spiritual healing, and traditional Chinese systems, discussing their effectiveness, the ailments each is most appropriate for, and how they can help prevent illness. In the second part of the book, which is organized alphabetically, he draws on the latest National Institute of Health (NIH)-sponsored research to present clear recommendations for the prevention and treatment of health concerns ranging from acne to menopause to ulcers. Combining valuable guidance about alternative treatments with definitive health advice, The Best Alternative Medicine will be the standard reference for the increasing number of people integrating alternative medicine into their personal and organizational heath-care programs.
"As I know well from my own field, true vitality consists of stuff that's further off the radar of general acclaim. The influx of raw arrivals. The deep cuts." --Jonathan Lethem, from the Introduction Featuring Gabrielle Bell, Mat Brinkman, Roz Chast, Anya Davidson, Eleanor Davis, Jules Feiffer, Blaise Larmee, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Piskor, Joe Sacco, Esther Pearl Watson, and others. JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of nine novels, including Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, Gun, with Occasional Music, and most recently Dissident Gardens. BILL KARTALOPOULOS is a Brooklyn-based comics critic, educator, curator, and editor. He teaches comics history at the School of Visual Arts. More information may be found at on-panel.com.
Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators--it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2007 brings together the murderers and muscle men, the masterminds, and the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Linda Fairstein, the bestselling crime novelist and former chief prosecutor of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's pioneering Special Victims' Unit.
Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators--it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 brings together the murderers and the masterminds, the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true-crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling author of more than twenty crime novels, most recently Compulsion and the forthcoming Bones.
Thieves, liars, and killers--it's a criminal world out there, and someone has to write about it. A thrilling collection of the year's best reportage by the aces of the true-crime genre, The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 brings together the mysteries and missteps of an eclectic and unforgettable set of criminals. Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliant, this latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker staff writer, CNN senior legal analyst, and bestselling author of The Nine.
A riveting new anthology series--a year's worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute, in short, the best crime journalism. Scouring hundreds of publications, guest editor Nicholas Pileggi, and series editors Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have created a remarkable compilation of the best examples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions: crime reporting. Ranging in style from Mark Singer's ribald "The Chicken Warriors," an up-close look at the tawdry, wildly popular, illegal world of cock-fighting, to David McClintick's harrowing "Fatal Bondage," the tale of a grifter with an attraction to sado-masochistic sex and serial killing, this collection showcases the wide variety of writing in the field today. Criminal behavior itself also falls into a spectrum, from the isolated and idiosyncratic misdeed, such as that documented in Skip Hollandsworth's "The Killing of Alydar," an investigation into the greed that spawned the killing of a thoroughbred horse, to the large-scale malignancies that can shake an entire nation, as recounted in "The Day of the Attack," Nancy Gibbs's sobering retelling of the events of September 11, 2001. Good crime writing is never just about the crime or the criminals, so this collection also has moving and often troubling portraits of the victims, their families, and the communities in which they lived, and, in pieces such as D. Graham Burnett's "Anatomy of a Verdict," a reminder of the immensely difficult process that is coming to judgment. Entertaining, at times alarming,Best American Crime Writingis compelling evidence of the furthest reaches of human behavior.
The 2005 edition of The Best American Crime Writing offers the year's most shocking, compelling, and gripping writing about real-life crime, including Peter Landesman's article about female sex slaves (the most requested and widely read New York Times story of 2004), a piece from The New Yorker by Stephen J. Dubner (the coauthor of Freakanomics) about a high-society silver thief, and an extraordinarily memorable "ode to bar fights" written by Jonathan Miles for Men's Journal after he punched an editor at a staff party. But this year's edition includes a bonus -- an original essay by James Ellroy detailing his fascination with Joseph Wambaugh and how it fed his obsession with crime -- even to the point of selling his own blood to buy Wambaugh's books. Smart, entertaining, and controversial, The Best American Crime Writing is an essential edition to any crime enthusiast's bookshelf.
A sterling collection of the year's most shocking, compelling, and gripping writing about real-life crime, the 2006 edition of The Best American Crime Writing offers fascinating vicarious journeys into a world of felons and their felonious acts. This thrilling compendium includes: Jeffrey Toobin's eye-opening exposé in The New Yorker about a famous prosecutor who may have put the wrong man on death row Skip Hollandsworth's amazing but true tale of an old cowboy bank robber who turned out to be a "classic good-hearted Texas woman" Jimmy Breslin's stellar piece about the end of the Mob as we know it
There is a deep tradition of eroticism in American poetry. Thoughtful, provocative, moving, and sometimes mirthful, the poems collected in The Best American Erotic Poems celebrate this exuberant sensuality. These poems range across the varied landscapes of love and sex and desire -- from the intimate parts of the body to the end of an affair, from passion to solitary self-pleasure. With candor and imagination, they capture the delights and torments of sex and sexuality, nudity, love, lust, and the secret life of fantasy. David Lehman, the distinguished editor of the celebrated Best American Poetry series, has culled a witty, titillating, and alluring collection that starts with Francis Scott Key, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Hart Crane, encompasses Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, John Updike, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Kevin Young, and Sharon Olds, and concludes with the rising stars of a whole new generation of versifiers, including Sarah Manguso, Ravi Shankar, and Brenda Shaughnessy. In a section of the book that is sure to prompt discussion and further reading, the living poets write about their favorite works of erotic writing. This book will delight, surprise, and inspire.
Erotic Reading That Satisfies Every Sexual Appetite. In the fourteenth edition of this seductive series, erotica's veterans and up-and-coming new writers join forces to explore how tantalizing crossing the so-called Lolita gap between youth and middle age can be. Kathryn Harrison explores the story of a psychiatrist whose sexual affairs with a young client have an unexpected consequence; Dennis Cooper trails an extraordinary hustler working his older johns; and Jessica Cutler gives lessons on how a young woman can take down all the politicians in Washington with just the crook of her pretty little finger. Guided by the genius of editor Susie Bright, The Best American Erotica 2007 will bring an exciting new climax to readers discovering that they love erotica -- and to those already hooked.
A collection of high-quality essays on diverse topics in splendidly varied voices and fresh insights into the essay form.
A collection of high-quality essays on diverse topics in splendidly varied voices and fresh insights into the essay form.
The 1995 edition has abundant essays drawn from periodicals across the country. Here are some of the finest pieces from the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine written by some of today's finest prose stylists.
This year, Ian Frazier provides an unusually humorous and unpredictable selection, featuring essays by some of our most respected writers, including Susan Sontag, Roy Blount, Jr., and Thomas McGuane.
"The Best American Essays 2007" offers up the best essays of the year selected and introduced by David Foster Wallace.
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