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College students, recent graduates, and their parents work at Denny's, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska/punk concerts, eat Chinese food with the homeless of New York City, and go to the same Japanese restaurant in Manhattan three times in two sleepless days, all while yearning constantly for love, a better kind of love, or something better than love, things which--much like the Loch Ness Monster--they know probably do not exist, but are rumored to exist and therefore "good enough."
The definitive handbook on the detection, treatment, and prevention of bed bugs--a must have guide for every homeowner, renter, landlord, and traveler.Bed bugs were believed to have been eradicated by DDT and organophosphates in the 1950s, but they are now reaching epidemic levels. Some cities have seen a 1000% increase in bed bug infestations. Exterminators were unprepared for the resurgence of these tiny pests and the public is now scrambling for information on how they spread and how to get rid of them. The Bed Bug Book has the answers. A professional pest control manager and bed bug expert with over twenty-five years in the industry details: The complete history of bed bugs The biology of bed bugs--their life cycles with photos of each stage of growthA guide to prevention--what to look for when you're traveling and steps you can take to protect your home A guide to detectionA guide to treatments--dusts, liquids, steam, etc., and how to choose the best solution for you and your loved onesHow to choose a pest management company--what to expect and what it will cost 10 case studies from the author's own experience with clients who had bed bugs104 essential things to know about bed bugsExtensive references to help you choose a pest control company, know your rights as a tenant or landlord, and suggestions for further reading Based on years of first-hand experience, Ralph H. Maestre tells you how to spot bed bugs in your home, hotel, or on the go, how to identify a bed bug bite, and most importantly, the steps you must take to get rid of these pests. Includes 104 essential things to know about bed bugs, handy tips for travelers, advice on buying vintage and second hand goods, what to expect when the exterminators come, and how to protect yourself against future infestations. Includes green methods and environmentally-friendly solutions. Remember, bed bugs can affect anyone-from newborns to the elderly, everyone is at risk. So don't let the bed bugs bite! Spot them early, take action, and get on with your life.
The 5 year old who carried them home in his backpack thta he grabbed from the communal pile at school...The young assistant who got them from her new work cubicle...the executive who got them on an overseas flight...It can no longer be denied that the city, the country and the world are in the grips of this epidemic. Jeff Eisenberg and his NYC-based company Pest Away have successfully treated more than 100,000 spaces for bed bugs over the past 15 years. He's the go-to guy for businesses, celebs, and the media--and in THE BED BUG SURVIVAL GUIDE he shares his best strategies, advice and tips for treating and preventing bed bug infestation once and for all.With Eisenberg's advice, readers can lower thier risk of bed bug infestation by up to 60%! Or, if they have them they can be sure they are using the right method to get rid of them. The book is divided into ten user-friendly chapters that cover everything, including: Prevention--what to do immediately, daily, weekly and monthly Travel--the 5 biggest mistakes made during hotel stays Life--avoiding bed bugs in unexpected places like the gym, the mall, the movie theater, and on airplanes Treatment--Green? Heat? Cryonite? Fumigation of furniture? Exterminators--hiring one who actually knows what to do.
THREE CLIENTS IN TWO DAYS. THE P.I. BUSINESS IN PIGEON FORK, KENTUCKY, SURE WAS PICKING UP. ... First came Ruta Lippton, owner of the Curl Crazee hair salon, who said her house was "broken-and-entered." Winslow Reed, an ex-nerd who was now married to ex- cheerleader June Jacoby, told the same story. Both Winslow and Ruta lived in the fancy new subdivision called Twelve Oaks, and both claimed the sheriff wasn't taking them seriously, on account of how nothing had actually been stolen. Last came nasal-voiced, horse-faced Phyllis Carver. Nothing was missing from her place either, but then poor Phyllis didn't have much to take. I was shocked when June and Ruta suddenly called me off the case. But shock didn't begin to describe how I felt when I headed back out to Phyllis's and found her shot dead. Near her body was a scrap of paper with a single number seven scrawled on it, which, as clues went, was pretty pitiful. Then, while I was waiting for the sheriff, I found the three tape recorders. One still had a tape in it-a recording of Phyllis's husband Orval and a woman who definitely was not Phyllis. In bed. Having a real good time. That made Orval a prime suspect, but I still didn't know what them other two tape recorders were doing in Phyllis's kitchen cupboard, and what the heck Phyllis meant by that number seven. ...
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED - HIS FIRST NOVEL, A POWERFUL STORY OF MYSTERY AND REDEMPTIONWithin the self-contained world of the Willow Glen nursing home there are two extraordinary people. One is there to give care, the other to recieve it. Together they form a bond of love and trust that transcends their expectations and changes their lives. STEPHEN SOLARIS - imprisoned in a helpless body since birth, unable even to speak, he has an incredible ability to touch the hearts of those around him with the power of his personality. HEATHER BARSTEN - a nurse whose devotion to her patients surpasses her ability to fulfil her own needs. From Stephen she learns the importance of being true to her own heart. And she finds herself falling in love. Then violence shatters Willow Glen. Residents and staff must confront a truly terrifying evil and face their innermost fears, suspicions and darkest secrets. . . A BED BY THE WINDOW is an exceptional work, a gripping psychological thriller and a luminous bringing together of Peck's thoughts on good and evil, spiritual growth and the miracles worked by love.
Timely and controversial, A Bed for the Night reveals how humanitarian organizations trying to bring relief in an ever more violent and dangerous world are often betrayed and misused, and have increasingly lost sight of their purpose.Humanitarian relief workers, writes David Rieff, are the last of the just. And in the Bosnias, the Rwandas, and the Afghanistans of this world, humanitarianism remains the vocation of helping people when they most desperately need help, when they have lost or stand at risk of losing everything they have, including their lives.Although humanitarianism's accomplishments have been tremendous, including saving countless lives, the lesson of the past ten years of civil wars and ethnic cleansing is that it can do only so much to alleviate suffering. Aid workers have discovered that while trying to do good, their efforts may also cause harm.Drawing on firsthand reporting from hot war zones around the world -- Bosnia, Rwanda, Congo, Kosovo, Sudan, and most recently Afghanistan -- Rieff describes how the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, CARE, Oxfam, and other humanitarian organizations have moved from their founding principle of political neutrality, which gave them access to victims of wars, to encouraging the international community to take action to stop civil wars and ethnic cleansing. This advocacy has come at a high price. By calling for intervention -- whether by the United Nations or by "coalitions of the willing" -- humanitarian organizations risk being seen as taking sides in a conflict and thus jeopardizing their access to victims. And by overreaching, the humanitarian movement has allowed itself to be hijacked by the major powers, at times becoming a fig leaf for actions those powers wish to take for their own interests, or for the major powers' inaction. Rieff concludes that if humanitarian organizations are to do what they do best -- alleviate suffering -- they must reclaim their independence.Except for relief workers themselves, no one has looked at humanitarian action as seriously or as unflinchingly, or has had such unparalleled access to its inner workings, as Rieff, who has traveled and lived with aid workers over many years and four continents.A cogent, hard-hitting report from the front lines, A Bed for the Night shows what international aid organizations must do if they are to continue to care for the victims of humanitarian disasters.
"Once upon a time there were three children, and their names were Carey, Charles, and Paul. Carey was about your age, Charles a little younger, and Paul was only six. One summer, they were sent to Bedfordshire to stay with an aunt. She was an old aunt and she lived in an old square house--which lay in a garden where no flowers grew. There were lawns and shrubs and cedars but no flowers, which made the garden seem grave and sad. The children were shy of the house, with its big hall and wide stairways; they were shy of Elizabeth--the stern old housemaid--and they were shy of their aunt, too, because she had pale blue eyes with pinkish edges and did not often smile. But they loved the garden and river that ran through it and the countryside beyond with its tangled hedges and sweet meadow grass. They were out all day. They played in the barns, they played by the river, and they played in the lanes and on the hills. They were punctual for meals because they were visitors and good children at heart. One day slipped into another, and all the days were alike--until Miss Price hurt her ankle. And ..."
Ever wanted to know how to avoid horrifying your husband with your nightly routine? Or avoid incurring the wrath of your wife when creeping home late at night? First published in the 1930s, the humorous advice in Bed Manners reveals the rules of bedroom etiquette, including whose responsibility it is to investigate strange sounds, how to make morning conversation, and coping with a bedfellow who kicks, snores or steals all the covers.
A Bed of Earth is a haunting journey to a parallel version of sixteenth-century Venice, where a fierce territorial rivalry between two noble families unearths a supernatural force from beneath the placid surface of the canals and rotting understructure of the city. The struggle between the two families for space on the Isle of the Dead, the overcrowded burial ground for generations of Venetian nobility, boils over and a fourteen-year-old girl is forced to pay the ultimate price. As the years pass on, parties complicit in her disappearance begin to suffer the consequences in a series of shocking deaths. A humble apprentice gravedigger is left to sort out the mysteries and subdue the ancient terror that threatens to destroy the entire republic.
Every novel in this collection is your passport to a romantic tour of the United States through time-honored favorites by America's First Lady of romance fiction. Each of the fifty novels is set in a different state, researched by Janet and her husband, Bill. For the Daileys it was an odyssey of discovery. For you, it's the journey of a lifetime. Your tour of desire begins with this story set in Maryland.Valerie Wentworth knows only too well that the most beautiful memories can also be bittersweet. She has to go home to Maryland for her grandfather's funeral even though it means she will see Judd Prescott again, Her young son has never seen the green countryside where she grew up. Good thing it hasn't changed all that much. And neither has Judd. One look in his eyes, and she's right back where she started -crazy in love . .
Valerie Wentworth had paid dearly for the mistakes she'd made as a passionate girl. Turned out of her grandfather's house, she had raised her son, Tadd, all alone. Now, after seven years, she had returned home for her grandfather's funeral -- even though it meant facing Judd Prescott again. Judd . . . who didn't know he was Tadd's father. The man was more compellingly attractive than ever. But if Valerie had learned one thing, it was to stay away from Judd Prescott . . . if only he would stay away from her!
The Bed of Procrustes is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don't understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile.By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Taleb's view of modern civilization's hubristic side effects--modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery. Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.From the Hardcover edition.
By the author of the modern classicThe Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustestakes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Taleb's view of modern civilization's hubristic side effects-modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery. Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.
Love blooms in the second novel in Nora Roberts's celebrated Bride Quartet series. As little girls MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker spent hours acting out their perfect make believe I do moments. Years later their fantasies become reality when they start their own wedding planning company to make every woman's dream day come true. With perfect flowers, delicious desserts, and joyful moments captured on film, Nora Roberts's Bride Quartet shares each woman's emotionally magical journey to romance. In Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. And the last place she's looking is right under her nose. But that's just where Jack Cooke is. He's so close to the women of Vows that he's practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion kiss for blistering kiss they must trust in their history ]and in their hearts.
Paranormal romance involving a little magic in order to find the real magic of love.
FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee.Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment.Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up.Big mistake. Susan soon discovers that her new home is crawling with bedbugs . . . or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she's going mad--until a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from Hell.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Hunter Donahoe is sexier than ever, and he's out for revenge on the pretty young wife who abandoned their marriage. Keisha needs cash, and Hunter has plenty. He makes Keisha an offer: she can work for him, no strings attached. . . But Hunter has other ideas when he sweeps her away to his Spanish villa. She'll be his personal assistant by day -- and his mistress by night!
Billionaire Pierre Newman needs a fiancée--and fast! Frumpy, inexperienced Georgie is the complete opposite of the high-society women he usually has at his beck and call, but she will have to do!Their engagement charade must look convincing, so Pierre commands that Georgie share his bedroom. If he has to do this, he fully intends to enjoy the more pleasurable benefits, too. . . but soon he finds himself wanting to promote her from temporary mistress to billionaire's bride!
Burned by a greedy heiress, Tristan Barkley had sworn off romance. Until a sizzling night with Ella Jacobs, his secretive housekeeper turned blonde bombshell, made the millionaire rethink his decision. He'd find a way to guarantee she remained by his side. . . and in his bed. Yet when he learned she was carrying his child, he proposed the only solution: marriage. As their no-strings-attached connection turned all too real, Tristan couldn't shake the feeling that Ella was hiding something. And soon he began to doubt her true motives for the match--for love, for money. . . or forever?
Bedded By Blackmail BundleGet 3 books for one low price! Included are Back in Her Husband's Bed by Melanie Milburne, Wedding Vow of Revenge by Lucy Monroe and The Italian's Blackmailed Mistress by Jacqueline Baird. Back in Her Husband's Bed by Melanie Milburne: By agreeing to a meeting with Xavier Knightly, her handsome ex-husband, Carli realizes that the passion is still there. Three months later, she has some shocking news for him! But Xavier isn't considered one of the best lawyers in Sydney for nothing: here's a golden opportunity to blackmail his wife back into his bed. However, he also wants her to love him again like she used to, and that's where he'll face the biggest trial of his life. . . . Wedding Vow of Revenge by Lucy Monroe: The instant Angelo Gordon sees model Tara Peters he's certain she will share his bed. But her beauty isn't the only attraction - he wants vengeance! Tara is not an easy conquest. When she pushes Angelo away he realizes he can only win her over by playing a different game. Angelo will raise the stakes and take the ultimate revenge: marriage!The Italian's Blackmailed Mistress by Jacqueline Baird: "You really expect me to sleep with you to pay my father's debt?" Italian magnate Max Quintano knew exactly how to get his way-by blackmailing Sophie into becoming his mistress. "Sleep is not what I have in mind. " Sophie will do anything to prevent her family's ruin - even if it means living in Max's luxurious Venetian palazzo - and being beholden to him-and will be until she discovers exactly why he hates her so much. . . .
Medieval. Her husband. . . a strangerCaptive for seven years, Lord Guy of Hartford has lived for the moment when he would see his adored wife once more. But as he enters his keep, his own men do not recognize him, and Elizabeth's guilt is plain for all to see. Could she have betrayed him? Elizabeth hardly knows her husband in this remote, battle-scarred stranger. Yet the passionate desire between them cannot be denied. Can she find her way back into his arms. . . and to the love they once shared?
For a New Year packed with excitement, glamour and passion, check out these sizzling reissued stories from Harlequin Presents! The Billionaire's Perfect Opportunity by Melanie Milburne Alessandro Vallini once made the mistake of proposing to spoiled princess Rachel McCulloch. Her rejection scored his soul. But the tables have turned: Alessandro now holds Rachel's future in the palm of his hand! The Billionaire's Revenge Plot by Annie West Someone has been stealing from wealthy investment trader Jonas Deveson. He's got a good idea who it is and she's going to pay... Jonas blackmails Ravenna Ruggiero into working as his housekeeper to pay off her debt, but living under the same roof leads to unexpected and forbidden temptation... The Billionaire's Sizzling Reunion by Kelly Hunter Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan Black has edge written all over him. He's also the man who tipped Evie over the edge a few years back. Evie's not about to let that happen again. But that doesn't mean she's forgotten what it's like to surrender to Logan--and his deliciously dark desires...
Duty demanded Max DeLuca take care of pretty and very pregnant Lilli McCall. She was carrying his late brother's baby, and every DeLuca instinct cried out for Max to protect her unborn child. But the cost of bringing Lilli under his roof was Max's carefully controlled emotions. Never had the billionaire experienced such searing passion and such a desire to cherish a woman. Then Max detected a secret Lilli seemed determined to keep hidden. Would the truth bring him to his knees. . . or send him running for the door?
Branded the queen's whore, Lady Sarah of Remy must wed William of Bronwyn. A powerful and notoriously dangerous warrior, he makes her quiver with a fear--and desire--she has never experienced before. William has known the very worst barbarity. He has no time for emotion. But it comes as a shock, when their desire explodes into full-blown passion, to discover that Lady Sarah is actually an innocent. Their marriage is convenient for William, although he soon finds there's nothing easy about having Sarah as his bride. Willful and defiant she may be, but he's determined to tame her--starting in his bed!
When Juliet meets broodingly handsome Italian Raphael Marchese, there is an instant and dangerous attraction between them. But because of the pretense Juliet has agreed to in order to help a friend, Rafe mistakenly thinks she's a gold-digger who's engaged to another man!However, the tension between Juliet and Rafe is stronger than reason, and it erupts. Raphael makes love to her-passionately and savagely. He reasons that though he can never have her, he can enjoy the pleasure of her body....
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