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WITH CLEAR-EYED GRACE, REFRESHING HONESTY, AND FLASHING WIT, WENDY LAWLESS TELLS THE TRUE STORY OF HER UNHINGED UPBRINGING-- A DISJOINTED FAIRY TALE OF A CHILDHOOD IN CHAOS By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she'd known for quite some time that she didn't have a normal mother. But that didn't stop her from wanting one. . . . GEORGANN REA didn't bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She went through men like Kleenex, and didn't like dogs or children. Georgann had the ice queen beauty of a Hitchcock heroine and the cold heart to match. In "a searing memoir that reads like a novel" (Anne Korkeakivi, An Unexpected Guest), Wendy Lawless deftly charts the highs and lows of growing up with her younger sister in the shadow of an unstable, fabulously neglectful mother. Georgann, a real-life Holly Golightly who constantly reinvents herself as she trades up from trailer park to penthouse, suffers multiple nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts, while Wendy tries to hide the cracks in their fractured family from the rest of the world. Chanel Bonfire depicts a childhood blazed through the refined aeries of the Dakota and the swinging town houses of London, while the girls' beautiful but damned mother desperately searches for glamour and fulfillment. Ultimately, Wendy and her sister must choose between living their own lives and being their mother's warden--the hardest, most painful, yet most important decision each of them will ever make.
The legends say something happened in Chaneysville. "The Chaneysville Incident" is the powerful story of one man's obsession with discovering what that something was--a quest that takes the brilliant and bitter young black historian, John Washington, back through the secrets and buried evil of his heritage. Returning home to care for and then bury his father's closest friend and his own guardian, Old Jack Crawley, he comes upon the scant records of his family's proud and tragic history, which he drives himself to reconstruct and accept. This is the story of John's relationship with his family, the town, and the woman he loves; and also between the past and the present, between oppression and guilt, hate and violence, love and acceptance.
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: A bitter young man searches for the truth about his father's death and discovers the power of history in shaping our livesBrilliant but troubled historian John Washington returns to his hometown of Chaneysville, Pennsylvania--just north of the Mason-Dixon Line--to learn more about the death of his father. Washington discovers that his father was researching a mystery of his own: why thirteen escaped slaves reached freedom in Chaneysville only to die there, for reasons forgotten or never known at all.A story of personal discovery and historical revelation, The Chaneysville Incident explores the power of our pasts. Based in part on actual events, this extraordinary novel won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award and placed David Bradley in the front ranks of contemporary American authors.
The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. In reality, most innovations are borne from rigor and discipline. Breakthrough ideas--whether for a new bicycle, an advertising campaign, a treatment plan for diabetes, or a program aimed at tackling the national obesity epidemic--emerge not by chance, but by studying and embracing the immediate challenges we encounter every day in our offices and homes, laboratories and hospitals, classrooms and conference rooms, and in all the spaces in between. We don't simply realize solutions; we design them. In this book Tim Brown, CEO of the celebrated innovation and design firm IDEO, introduces us to design thinking. Design is not just about creating elegant objects or beautifying the world around us. The best designers match necessity to utility, constraint to possibility, and need to demand. These design thinkers rely on rigorous observations of how we use spaces and the objects and services that occupy them; they discover patterns where others see complexity and confusion; they synthesize new ideas from seemingly disparate fragments; and they convert problems into opportunities. Design thinking is a method in which genius, in the end, is not required. Design thinking is valuable not just in so-called creative industries or for people tasked with designing products. Rather, it is often most powerful when applied to abstract, multifaceted problems: improving a guest experience at a hotel, encouraging bank customers to save more, or developing a compelling narrative for a public-service campaign. It has been used by organizations such as Nokia to rethink global gaming and by the Department of Energy to encourage conservation. Design thinking is now being applied to address a wide range of issues and concerns, from the delivery of clean drinking water in the developing world to improving the efficacy of airport security and microfinancing. This is not a book by designers for designers; this is a blueprint for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking--an approach for creative problem solving--into all facets of their organizations, products, or services to discover new alternatives for business and society as a whole. Written with imagination, humor, and vision, this vital and inspiring guide is essential reading for anyone confronting the challenges of today in order to create the opportunities of tomorrow.
The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. In reality, most innovations are borne from rigor and discipline. Breakthrough ideas--whether for a new bicycle, an advertising campaign, a treatment plan for diabetes, or a program aimed at tackling the national obesity epidemic--emerge not by chance, but by studying and embracing the immediate challenges we encounter every day in our offices and homes, laboratories and hospitals, classrooms and conference rooms, and in all the spaces in between. We don't simply realize solutions; we design them.In this book Tim Brown, CEO of the celebrated innovation and design firm IDEO, introduces us to design thinking. Design is not just about creating elegant objects or beautifying the world around us. The best designers match necessity to utility, constraint to possibility, and need to demand. These design thinkers rely on rigorous observations of how we use spaces and the objects and services that occupy them; they discover patterns where others see complexity and confusion; they synthesize new ideas from seemingly disparate fragments; and they convert problems into opportunities. Design thinking is a method in which genius, in the end, is not required.Design thinking is valuable not just in so-called creative industries or for people tasked with designing products. Rather, it is often most powerful when applied to abstract, multifaceted problems: improving a guest experience at a hotel, encouraging bank customers to save more, or developing a compelling narrative for a public-service campaign. It has been used by organizations such as Nokia to rethink global gaming and by the Department of Energy to encourage conservation. Design thinking is now being applied to address a wide range of issues and concerns, from the delivery of clean drinking water in the developing world to improving the efficacy of airport security and microfinancing.This is not a book by designers for designers; this is a blueprint for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking--an approach for creative problem solving--into all facets of their organizations, products, or services to discover new alternatives for business and society as a whole. Written with imagination, humor, and vision, this vital and inspiring guide is essential reading for anyone confronting the challenges of today in order to create the opportunities of tomorrow.
This is the Third Edition of the best-selling self help psychotherapy program for lay people and students of psychotherapy since first publication in 1990. The book is based upon Cognitive Analytic Therapy, a focused short term intervention pioneered and researched at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals in London since the early 1980's by Dr. Anthony Ryle, and now taught and practiced throughout the UK and abroad. The book describes in ordinary language how learned patterns of responses to relating and thinking contribute to psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, phobia, and relationship difficulty. The book shows the reader how they can identify their own different inner dialogues, and the traps, dilemmas, snags, and unstable states of mind that lead to things going wrong. It offers help with the creation of written narrative and diagrams based upon the readers' own self reflection. Mindfulness-based experiential exercises are incorporated throughout the text to help nourish self awareness and change. The new edition offers a therapeutic dialogic relationship between reader and author. It includes the most recent development in CAT practice and places greater emphasis upon the transformation of unhelpful learned reciprocal role procedures that underlie relationship to oneself and to others. Change in symptoms occur when new and beneficial reciprocal roles are created. The book covers many areas of emotional distress, and the Third Edition also includes new chapters on unstable states of mind seen in people given a borderline personality diagnosis, on dissociation, eating problems, and stress.
Businesses implementing great changes are often heavy on "hard" methods, such as Six Sigma, and lack the means to achieve "human" results, encouraging boardroom presence and response, say the authors. In this volume, they describe approximately 60 diverse methods for implementing change in organizations big and small. With almost twice the coverage of the first edition, both "hard" and "human" methods are introduced in accessible language, offering theoretical basis and including matrices and case studies to demonstrate implementation. The methods are organized by the sort of change they are meant to achieve, such as support, planning, structuring and improving. Some methods discussed include: Conversation Café, participative design, study circles, scenario thinking, human systems dynamics, and appreciative inquiry. Abundant support materials help readers navigate, select, and mix-and-match the methods. Intended audience includes middle, project and senior managers; community leaders and activists; internal and external consultants; business re-engineering groups; and students of change. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure--a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband. A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever. A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.
This is the most complete change methodology we have found anywhere. " -- Pete Fox, General Manager, Corporate Accounts, Microsoft US In these turbulent times, competent change leadership is a most coveted leadership skill, and savvy change consultants are becoming trusted participants at the board table. For both leaders and consultants, knowing how to navigate the complexities of organization transformation is fast becoming the key to a successful career. This second edition of the author?s landmark book is the king of all ?how-to? books on change. It provides a strategic overview of the author?s proven change process methodology, as well as pragmatic guidance and tools for each key step in a complex transformational change process. The Change Leader?s Roadmap is the most comprehensive guide available for building transformational change strategy and designing and implementing successful transformation. Based on thirty years of action research with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, the military, and large non-profit global organizations. Outlines every key step in a transformational change process Provides worksheets, tools, case examples, and assessments that you can immediately apply to all types of change efforts Includes updated information on a wealth of topics including the critical path tasks and how to use the CLR to change minds and cultures The new edition also includes new activities, methods for building change capability, guiding principles for change, and advice for leading the human dynamics in change and creating an organizational vision. This book is specifically written for leaders, project managers, OD practitioners, change practitioners, and consultants seeking greater change results.
A haunting and triumphant story of a difficult and keenly felt life, Change Me into Zeus's Daughter is a remarkable literary memoir of resilience, redemption, and growing up in the South. Barbara Robinette Moss was the fourth in a family of eight children raised in the red-clay hills of Alabama. Their wild-eyed, alcoholic father was a charismatic and irrationally proud man who, when sober, captured his children's timid awe, but when (more often) drunk, roused them from bed for severe punishment or bizarre all-night poker games. Their mother was their angel: erudite and stalwart -- her only sin her inability to leave her husband for the sake of the children. Unlike the rest of her family, Barbara bore the scars of this abuse and neglect on the outside as well as the inside. As a result of childhood malnutrition and a complete lack of medical and dental care, the bones in her face grew abnormally ("like a thin pine tree"), and she ended up with what she calls "a twisted, mummy face." Barbara's memoir brings us deep into not only the world of Southern poverty and alcoholic child abuse but also the consciousness of one who is physically frail and awkward, relating how one girl's debilitating sense of her own physical appearance is ultimately saved by her faith in the transformative powers of artistic beauty: painting and writing. From early on and with little encouragement from the world, Barbara embodied the fiery determination to change her fate and achieve a life defined by beauty. At age seven, she announced to the world that she would become an artist -- and so she did. Nightly, she prayed to become attractive, to be changed into "Zeus's daughter," the goddess of beauty, and when her prayers weren't answered, she did it herself, raising the money for years of braces followed by facial surgery. Growing up "so ugly," she felt the family's disgrace all the more acutely, but the result has been a keenly developed appreciation for beauty -- physical and artistic -- the evidence of which can be seen in her writing. Despite the deprivation, the lingering image from this memoir is not of self-pity but of the incredible bond between these eight siblings: the raucous, childish fun they had together, the making-do, and the total devotion to their desperate mother, who absorbed most of the father's blows for them and who plied them with art and poetry in place of balanced meals. Gracefully and intelligently woven in layers of flashback, the persistent strength of Barbara Moss's memoir is itself a testament to the nearly lifesaving appreciation for literature that was her mother's greatest gift to her children.
Thirteen-year-old Diana is to help out at her family dry cleaning business every day after school. But Diana soon discovers that the place has a secret: In the back room, the smart, savvy tailors sometimes try on the cool clothes. When Diana is modeling a luxe coat, she finds in its pocket the invitation to a Broadway gala opening...and decides to assume the role of the coat owner--and go to the event! Hilarity, mistaken identities, and even some light romance ensue...
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT It was February 13... And Liz Cabot was out with her girlfriends celebrating her engagement. She didn't expect to run into her first love, Colby Sommers. Or spend the night making heated passionate love with this long, lean Texas heartbreaker... On Valentine's morning Colby woke with a grin. His night with Lizzie had been pure magic. And the day he had planned ahead...well, it was gonna be a hearts-and-flowers, romantic kind of day. He'd show his little filly he'd never forgotten her, never stopped loving her. Expect when Colby rolled over in the tousled sheets to claim Liz, he came up empty-handed. She was gone! It Happened One Night... A single sizzling night of love...could lead anywhere!
The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation. Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth? One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish? Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.
Love Inspired Christian romance set in Missouri and Tijuana, Mexico.
Collaborating with community members adds a critical dimension to social work research, providing practitioners with intimate knowledge of a community's goals and needs while equipping community advocates with vital skills for social change. Sharing the inspiring story of one such partnership, Corey Shdaimah, Roland Stahl, and Sanford F. Schram recount their efforts working with an affordable housing coalition in Philadelphia, helping activists research low-income home ownership and repair. Their collaboration helped create the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund, which funnels millions of dollars to people in need. This volume describes the origins of their partnership and its growth, including developing tensions and their diffusion in ways that contributed to the research. The authors personalize methods of research and the possibilities for advocacy, ultimately connecting their encounters to more general, critical themes. Building on the field's commitment to social justice, they effectively demonstrate the potential of change research to facilitate widespread, long-term difference and improve community outcomes.
These growing pains are...monstrous. Thirteen-year-old Lucas Wright is hiding out for his life. The space research station he and his family live on has been invaded by a dangerous alien. One by one each member of the station team has disappeared. Captured. But why? Part of the answer is revealed when Lucas stumbles upon a series of strange cocoons on board. Inside he finds the imprisoned crew members, including his family. Even more horrible, each is undergoing a slow metamorphosis. But into what? Lucas has only a very short time to discover the answer before he, too, undergoes...the change.
This brilliantly simple book on the philosophy known as Asset-Based Thinking, instills success-oriented habits in even the most die-hard cynic. Its transformational lessons--conveyed through unique photographic metaphors and inspiring stories from real people--reveal how the slightest shift in perception can lead to monumental results in both business and in life. ABT is not just positive thinking, but rather a systematic observation of "what works." Kathryn Cramer, an acclaimed corporate consultant, and Hank Wasiak, a creative icon of the advertising industry, have produced a work that looks and works like no other business or self-help book-because it IS like no other book. Change the Way You See Everything is a revolutionary approach to every aspect of life that bears not just reading, but re-reading, and sharing with people in your circle. You'll never look at the world the same way again.
"Whatever you admire in someone, you have in yourself-if only but a glimmer. In fact, when a person's talent, virtue, skill or attitude strikes you as amazing, you can be sure it's something you want more of for yourself. You are ready, willing, and able to incorporate it into your repertoire of assets."-from the IntroductionChange the Way You See Everything was a breakthrough book, which presented a transformational philosophy known as Asset-Based Thinking, or "ABT." That book was able to instill success-oriented habits in even the most die-hard cynic, and inspired thousands to shift their thinking to reap monumental rewards both in work and in life. Now the authors are back to expand this powerful notion of Asset-Based Thinking-to guide people on how to change one's own power, influence, and impact on the world. So while the first book taught readers how to view their world differently, this next book shows them how to see themselves differently. It will reveal that everyone is a leader in their own way, and that, through ABT, every person can plug into their unique power.
Clearly, something is not working. Despite the church's place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for pot lucks than for solving world hunger. It's time for churches to get over the cruise-ship mentality of being a program-provider, and reconnect with the true message and mission of Jesus: to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed. The church is called to be a mission outpost, living out Christ's ideals in today's world. Slaughter presents seven choices pastors must make as they consider the future of their congregations. Will you focus on building disciples or tallying decisions? Will you multiply your impact or expand your facilities? Will you step out in courage or comply with the status quo? Your answers to these and other questions determine how your church will focus its time, its energy, and its budget to work for real change in a hurting world.
In 2004, a London-based community organization called We Are What We Do launched with the publication of a little book with a big idea: 50 simple actions to make the world a better place. Since then, Change the World for Ten Bucks has spawned a movement, multiple editions, and sales of over one million copies internationally. At last, here's the U.S. edition. Change the World for Ten Bucks delights and engages at every turn. It includes a postcard to send to someone who inspires you, two pages stuck together (don't throw your gum in the street!), tear-out tabs to make introductions to the neighbors, and dozens of other creative prompts for positive change.
Are Tea Party supporters merely a group of conservative citizens concerned about government spending? Or are they racists who refuse to accept Barack Obama as their president because he's not white? Change They Can't Believe In offers an alternative argument--that the Tea Party is driven by the reemergence of a reactionary movement in American politics that is fueled by a fear that America has changed for the worse. Providing a range of original evidence and rich portraits of party sympathizers as well as activists, Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto show that what actually pushes Tea Party supporters is not simple ideology or racism, but fear that the country is being stolen from "real Americans"--a belief triggered by Obama's election. From civil liberties and policy issues, to participation in the political process, the perception that America is in danger directly informs how Tea Party supporters think and act. The authors argue that this isn't the first time a segment of American society has perceived the American way of life as under siege. In fact, movements of this kind often appear when some individuals believe that "American" values are under threat by rapid social changes. Drawing connections between the Tea Party and right-wing reactionary movements of the past, including the Know Nothing Party, the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, and the John Birch Society, Parker and Barreto develop a framework that transcends the Tea Party to shed light on its current and future consequences. Linking past and present reactionary movements, Change They Can't Believe In rigorously examines the motivations and political implications associated with today's Tea Party.
New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes at the World Series in this exciting baseball mystery. When teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the World Series, the talk of the tournament is Norbert Doyle--a late call-up for an underdog team. But the more they learn about him, the more conflicting stories they hear. Bit by bit they piece together the shocking truth about this rising star, but once the secret's out, there's no going back. . . . John Feinstein has been praised as "the best writer of sports books in America today" (The Boston Globe), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.From the Hardcover edition.
18,000 children die of hunger every day. By 2030, there will be no glaciers in Glacier National Park. 47 million Americans do not have health insurance. The economy's in turmoil. Job loss. Foreclosures. Illiteracy. It's easy to feel powerless in the face of such depressing news. And yet many people in today's generations are more eager than ever to get involved, to do something, anything, to improve the world. They crave meaningful lives that are worth remembering. Change the World, Change Your Life shows you how to get involved and effectively address the problems you care about most, from your own backyard to the world stage. It provides a blueprint for being of service and includes practical resources for making a difference in a way that will also change your life. Interlaced with stories of individuals who have found ways to give, large and small, it is exactly the right book for these times.
The key to a better body is a healthy brain. CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR BODY shows you how to take the very best care of your brain. With practical, easy-to-implement solutions involving nutritious foods, natural supplements and vitamins, positive-thinking habits, and, when necessary, highly targeted medications, Dr. Amen shows you how to: * Reach and maintain your ideal weight * Increase your willpower and eliminate cravings * Feed your brain to look and feel younger * Soothe and smooth your skin at any age * Reduce the stress that can impair your immune system * Balance your hormones to turn back the clock * Boost your energy * Avoid depression and elevate the enjoyment you take in life's pleasures *Think your way to being thinner, younger and happier. Whether you're just coming to realize that it's time to get your body into shape, or are already fit and want to take it to the next level, CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR BODY is all you need to start putting the power of the brain-body connection to work for you today.
The Key to Your Future Is in Your Head Change Your Brain, Change Your Life has sold over 850,000 copies, spent 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and revolutionized the way people think about their brains and their health. And now Dr. Jesse Payne, Director of Education at the Amen Clinics, is bringing the groundbreaking science of the Change Your Brain program to a whole new generation of readers. The brain is particularly malleable until the age of 25, which means that even more than your parents or your teachers, you have the power to change your brain. And the things you do today-from what you eat, to how you sleep, to what you do for fun-can change your brain in drastic ways. This book provides a powerful, prescriptive program for you to avoid the common dangers and pitfalls that can jeopardize your future and train your brain for a lifetime of success. Discover how to *Improve academic performance *Nurture creativity *Treat diagnoses like ADD, ADHD and depression *Enhance relationship skills *Increase organization *Improve memory *Boost mood *And more! Featuring stories from real teens and young adults along with actual brain scans that show how effectively this program works, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25) is perfect for teens and young adults, their parents and the professionals who work with them. Turn the page for a bright future and a successful tomorrow.
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