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Acclaimed entertainer Hans Schneir collapses when his beloved Marie leaves him because he won't marry her within the Catholic Church. The desertion triggers a searing re-examination of his life--the loss of his sister during the war, the demands of his millionaire father and the hypocrisies of his mother, who first fought to "save" Germany from the Jews, then worked for "reconciliation" afterward. Heinrich Böll's gripping consideration of how to overcome guilt and live up to idealism--how to find something to believe in--gives stirring evidence of why he was such an unwelcome presence in post-War German consciousness, and why he was such a necessary one.
Steve is excited to have the lead role in the school play. When someone dresed as a clown steals the money the students earned from the play, Steve is accused of the crime. Who really took the money? Walker High is a typical high school. The students of Walker attend classes, participate in sports and drama, cram for exams and go on field trips. Topics are involving and pertinent to young adult readers: romance, sports, friendship, exams, work, and family but with a twist of mystery.
Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a seedy neighborhood where drugs, balloon animals, and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, she struggles to live her dreams, calling on cultural masters Charlie Chaplin, Kafka, and da Vinci for inspiration. In an effort to support herself and her layabout performance-artist boyfriend, Clown Girl finds herself unwittingly transformed into a "corporate clown," trapping herself in a cycle of meaningless, high-paid gigs that veer dangerously close to prostitution. Monica Drake has created a novel that riffs on the high comedy of early film stars - most notably Chaplin and W. C. Fields - to raise questions of class, gender, economics, and prejudice. Resisting easy classification, this debut novel blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with stunning skill.
In this retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has. Other books by this author are available in this library.
A collection of jokes about the circus, including "Which circus performers can see in the dark? The acro-bats."
A classic work by one of this century's most beloved spiritual writers now reissued.The inspirational writings of Henri Nouwen have touched millions of readers all over the world, and since his death in September 1996, widespread recognition of their enduring value has continued to grow. Now, after being unavailable for several years, Nouwen's Clowning in Rome is available again as an Image trade paperback. In this classic account of the time he spent in Rome, Nouwen offers reflections and spiritual insight characteristic of his best works. During the months in Rome, it wasn't the red cardinals or the Red Brigade who had the most impact on Nouwen, but the little things that took place between the great scenes. In some ways, Nouwen discovered, the real and true story was told by the clowns he often saw in the city streets. In his own words, from the Introduction to Clowning in Rome: "The clowns are not the center of events. They appear between the great acts, fumble and fall and make us smile again after the tensions created by the heroes we came to admire. The clowns don't have it together--they are awkward, out of balance and left-handed, but--they are on our side. The clowns remind us with a tear and a smile that we are sharing the same human weakness. The longer I was in Rome, the more I enjoyed the clowns, those peripheral people who by their humble, saintly lives evoke a smile and awaken hope, even in a city terrorized by kidnapping and street violence."
San Antonians love Cary Clack for the sparkle of wit and wisdom he brings to them in his column in the San Antonio Express-News. But his style and sensibility make his work equally popular far beyond that city. He offers pithy, probing coverage of national issues such as terrorism, racism, and child abuse, but his keen sense of humor often turns to the stuff of everyday life such as the inexplicable power of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and his terror of clowns. The columns collected here sample the best of 13 years' worth of Clack's amusing and thoughtful commentaries, and begin with an enlightening foreword by noted poet Naomi Shihab Nye.
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Pulled into her late husband's dark world by the need to find her missing friend, Jane Beaumont is forced to search for answers in Regency London's most secretive gentlemen's club. Original.
Jenna Lorde knows she's taking on a challenge when she inherits her dad?s nightclub.But Zenith comes with a top class reputation and a location other clubs would kill for, so she reckons she's more than up for it. Until she starts to realise that the dangers aren?t just from other clubs.Beneath the glamour of the VIP lounge and the pumping music, sleaze and corruption are starting to creep in, and it'll take all Jenna's cunning to stop the rot. The club?s survival ? and her own ? depend on it . . .
Workaholic Frankie Jens had no time for romance, let alone a vacation. So what was she doing spending Valentine's Day stranded in Key West with sexy-as-sin Randy Tate? The gorgeous bar owner tempted her to let loose, indulge in a few island fantasies. Too bad all her fantasies involved Randy....Little did Frankie guess that Randy was harboring a few fantasies of his own. The gorgeous redhead brought out Randy's protective instincts and sent his libido spinning out of control. But Frankie was only visiting his tropical paradise. How could he convince her to be his Valentine indefinitely?
In this follow-up to "Fake ID," Chastity and her mother have just settled in San Francisco, where Chass is starting her own band. When a pop star is killed, Chass gets involved in the dangerous underground club scene to solve the murder.
Sometimes, being an ATAC agent doesn't seem so bad. When Frank and Joe are sent to a tropical island resort in paradise to investigate a string of thefts, they're not complaining. But once they get there, something seems off about the mission. . . . Soon the brothers feel like missing jewelry is the least of their concerns. Meanwhile, Nancy Drew, Bess, and George are staying at the hotel as guests. They, too, sense something off about this particular paradise, and when they run into Frank and Joe, it seems that no one--not even an old friend--is above suspicion.
Natalie's one of Frankenstein's creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends--er, fellow monsters--have formed the world's most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong?Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being infamous in the Big Apple. Topics include how long it's been since their last sighting, how their "story" creates stereotypes they can't fulfill, and--gasp--sometimes even their feelings. But when their pervy Invisible Man, Ellis, is killed in a manner reminiscent of the H.G. Wells novel, it's clear someone's discovered their existence and is down for some monster busting. Led by Natalie--and definitely not helped by Hyde's bloodthirsty tendencies--the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous band together for security and a little sleuthing. And maybe--maybe--if they don't end up dead, they'll end up friends somewhere along the way.
Hey, Friend- Do you know what it's like give to 100 percent and still feel like it's not-and you're not-enough for anybody? To be caught between caring for an aging parent and raising young children? I lived in that place for four years. Ivy Schneider lives in this place, too, and she isn't at all happy about it. Her husband Rusty spends ten months a year on the road singing in a gospel quartet, and her mom gets sicker every day, requiring increasingly more care and time. Ivy's dad took off years ago but still comes around-for free meals. Her brother and sister are more than happy to let responsibility rest on Ivy's shoulders. Maybe she could handle it all if only her darling three-year old terror, Trixie, would just "go" on the potty. Who will take care of Ivy while she takes care of the world? No one, it seems. Then Ivy runs an ad in the paper to find folks like herself: women of the "sandwich generation," squeezed between the demands of raising young children and caring for an aging parent. Soon she and the other women of Club Sandwich are building uncommonly deep friendships, witnessing the reality that in fact no woman can be everything to everybody, and discovering firsthand that they can do more than they imagined possible with the help of each another and with a strong dose of faith. If your life is about caring for others, I dedicate this book to you. Welcome to the club. You are most definitely not alone. Grace, Lisa
Alice White isn't used to being ignored. So when the object of her lust does just that, she's bound and determined to get his attention. Her pursuit leads her to Wonderland, the kind of club she's only read about, and suddenly Alice is craving something she never knew she needed.Gael Hernandez wants to be the youngest partner at his prestigious law firm, and not even a certain tempting legal assistant can distract him from his goal of financially helping his family. Until she shows up at his favorite club and surprises him with an interest in being restrained. But the BDSM lifestyle is no game to him, and he won't take things further until Alice is schooled into submission.After a taste, Alice wants more. She offers to be Gael's sub for one weekend, with nothing forbidden and no boundaries. In a few short days, he gives her the strength to be the person she's always wanted to be. Now Alice just needs to convince Gael that he can dominate in the bedroom, and submit to love.58,000 words
Robert Amiss is persuaded by his friend Detective Sergeant Pooley of the CID to take a job as a waiter in ffeatherstonehaugh's (pronounced Fanshaw's), a gentlemen's club in St James', London. The club secretary has allegedly jumped to his death from the gallery of this imposing building. Against most of the evidence, Pooley believes he was murdered. Amiss finds himself in a bizarre caricature of a club, run by and for debauched geriatrics, with skeletons rattling in every cupboard. Why are there so few members? How are they financed? Will Amiss keep his job despite the enmity of the ferocious, snuff-covered Colonel Fagg? More importantly, will he solve the crime before someone else dies?
national bestselling author viets reveals the lifestyles of the rich and murdered. . . In the Superior Club's complaint department, Helen Hawthorne has to deal with the rich and spoiled. Then her deadbeat ex-husband sails back into her life aboard the yacht of his new lady-known as the "Black Widow" because of her string of dead spouses. When Helen's ex goes missing, she fears the Black Widow may have struck again. Helen's barely begun digging when a club patron is found with his membership permanently expired. Now Helen must find her ex and get to the truth-without getting clubbed herself. . . .
An heiress has been murdered, and only Fleming Stone can see the vital evidence Madeleine Van Norman is the most eligible young woman in the state, a beautiful young lady who is soon to come into her fortune. From her countless suitors, she makes a peculiar choice, agreeing to marry a stuffy man who loves someone else. On the eve of the wedding, Madeleine shuts herself away in a locked room to think about what she is about to do--and in the morning, she is found gruesomely murdered. Every member of the household is a suspect, but no one understands how the killer could have slipped through the locked doors of Madeleine's bedroom. As the town whirls into a tailspin of suspicion and fear, it falls to the brilliant detective Fleming Stone to pick out the person who stabbed Madeleine to death--a baffling mystery that hinges on the discovery of a single, all-important clue. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Action! Intrigue! Cliffhangers! With a riveting overarching series storyline and a mini-mystery in each title, Cabin Creek gives readers what they crave: immediate answers AND ongoing suspense. Every book reveals clues, adds layers, and finds the characters investigating, plotting, and unraveling clues. They'll need their wits, their courage, and their gadgets to get to the bottom of the many mysteries of Lost Island and Grizzly Paw Wilderness.
Arno Eliot is always causing trouble--and when he disappears at the zoo, Dawn Bosco will have to solve a mystery to set things right It's almost the end of the summer, and Dawn Bosco is hoping for one last mystery before school starts. Then Noni, Dawn's grandmother, has to babysit Arno Eliot, the worst six-year-old Dawn has ever met, for the whole week! Dawn doesn't want to spend her last week of summer vacation watching Arno. When Arno says he wants to go to the zoo, Dawn knows there will be trouble--and maybe a mystery, too. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Patricia Reilly Giff including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Cruciverbalists, rejoice!!! Pick up a pencil and get ready to solve the puzzle--and a puzzling murder--in this lively debut of a unique amateur detective, Miss Cora Felton, the reigning queen of crosswords. Cora's an eccentric old lady with a nationally syndicated puzzle column, an irresistible urge to poke into unsettling events, and a niece who's determined to keep her out of trouble. In a slyly amusing and wickedly suspenseful mystery, this delightful heroine takes her first crack at playing sleuth. Only this isn't fun and games....It's murder.Violent crime is rare in tiny Bakerhaven. When the body of an unknown teenage girl turns up in the local cemetery, Police Chief Dale Harper finds himself investigating his first homicide. Nothing about this case is straightforward. Even a thorough search of the crime scene fails to reveal who she was, the murder weapon, or why the killer left her body in a graveyard minus her shoes. A cryptic message on a scrap of paper she carried seems to be a crossword puzzle clue. Could it have been left by the killer? If so, what does it mean?Fortunately for Harper, Bakerhaven is the new home of Miss Cora Felton, the famed "Puzzle Lady" herself, whose popular crossword puzzle column graces newspapers nationwide. Yet bringing Cora Felton into this case could be his most costly mistake. For though she may look like someone's sweet old grandmother, behind those twinkling eyes and that slightly mysterious smile lies a woman with a whopping secret...and some hidden vices. What's worse, one whiff of mystery turns Miss Felton into a modern-day Miss Marple.Now Cora is snooping through crime scenes, questioning witnesses, and gaining a lot of unwanted attention. It's just the sort of meddling, mischief-making behavior that drives Chief Harper to distraction and inspires many cross words from her long-suffering niece Sherry. But when another body turns up in a murder that hits much closer to home, Cora must find a killer--before she winds up in a black box three feet across...and six down.A delicious brew of colorful characters, irresistible intrigue, and dazzling plot twists, Parnell Hall's A Clue for the Puzzle Lady is just what a mystery should be--a generous helping of fun and a puzzle that never fails to surprise and entertain.From the Hardcover edition.
This is the first book in a fascinating new series for girls. It is the thrilling story of Connie Blair's first assignment as a fashion model at Campion's in Philadelphia, and how she becomes involved in a baffling mystery. It all starts with a missing fur beret. Connie's dashing young aunt, stylist for Campion's, is deeply concerned. The hat, a Paris original, is fabulously expensive. It is not the first article in Aunt Bet's care to vanish mysteriously. But what worries Connie is that an unknown enemy is trying to cast the shadow of suspicion on Aunt Bet. Determined to find the culprit, Connie enlists the aid of Larry Stewart, the young display man, and finally comes face to face with a far more ruthless enemy than she has ever imagined in her wildest speculations. Connie Blair is one of the nicest heroines you will ever meet, and her exicting experiences will be followed by girls everywhere.
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