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After giving up the dream of her youth, Kayla Jennings is now given an opportunity to embrace it again. The only obstacle is the man who has healed her heart and soul. Kayla lost the use of her legs, as well as her belief in dreams, when she was in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 12. Jordan Michaels had plans to explore the world until family duties required him to stay home. Eighteen years later, Jordan and Kayla meet when he brings his ill nephew to her for help. And together they help to heal the pain from each other's pasts. But Kayla learns there may be a way for her to get back the use of her legs. The only cost would be giving up the love she thought she'd never find.
The stories of the Taoist teacher and storyteller Chuang-Tzu have long beenrevered for their whimsical simplicity and childlike sense of wonder. Admired by poets, artists, and philosophers, his stories ask us to see the world from new and unique perspectives. This imaginative book is based on one of Chuang-Tzu's most famous stories, in which the storyteller wakes up and wonders who is the dreamer-and who tbe dreamed. The book begins with the butterfly of Chuang-Tzu's famous dream taking off on a flight of discovery-through fabulous Chinese landscapes captured in beautiful watercolor illustrations. The butterfly's adventures, itsencounters with traditional Chinese characters, and tbe age-old but still relevant lessons of the importance of imagination and having an open mind, make this an inspiring and thought-provoking reading experience for children.
In this fascinating and wide-ranging book, Yoko Kawaguchi explores the Western portrayal of Japanese women--and geishas in particular--from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. She argues that in the West, Japanese women have come to embody certain ideas about feminine sexuality, and she analyzes how these ideas have been expressed in diverse art forms, ranging from fiction and opera to the visual arts and music videos. Among the many works Kawaguchi discusses are the art criticism of Baudelaire and Huysmans, the operaMadama Butterfly,the sculptures of Rodin, the Broadway playTeahouse of the August Moon,and the international best sellerMemoirs of a Geisha. Butterfly's Sistersalso examines the impact on early twentieth-century theatre, drama, and dance theory of the performance styles of the actresses Madame Hanako and Sadayakko, both formerly geishas.
In this collection of 33 essays and poems, the experience of the Haitian emigre is described, with the works divided into four sections: childhood, migration, first generation, and return. Each author hauntingly describes their lives in Haiti and the United States.
You're invited to Christmas at Butternut Lake! New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear, author of Up at Butternut Lake and Butternut Summer, takes us home for the holidays in this joyful novella.Butternut Lake is so beautiful at Christmas--from the delightfully decorated shops, to the cozy homes with their twinkling lights outside, to the lake itself. And this year so much is happening!A wedding: Caroline meticulously plans her perfect Christmastime dream wedding to Jack, remarrying him after many years apart.A baby: Allie and Walker are expecting the best Christmas gift of all--their first baby together.A reunion: Daisy, Caroline and Jack's daughter, is returning home after a long semester away at college.But what's Christmas without complications? Walker smothers Allie with worry; Daisy pines for her true love, Will, away in the army. And then the unthinkable happens--and Caroline's wedding plans are ruined.And just when it seems all is lost, the people of Butternut Lake come together to give their friends the greatest gifts of all. . . .
What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000... but someone you didn't know died? Would you still push the button? How many times? "Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen tales in this collection by Richard Matheson.
Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares and Moreby Susan Beal
Brilliant ideas of making jewelry out of buttons. Provides techniques of how to do it by yourself.
During the scorching hot summer of 1988, Michael Dukakis leads George Bush senior in the polls. And while political conventions, campaigns continue to be in session, Hawk and the rest of the "button gang" sell their buttons first to Democrats in Atlanta, then Republicans in New Orleans. As always, the gang sells to either side of any persuasion, offering a unique underview of the American political process, amoral hucksterism, and a corrupted form of capitalism. Sought after by loan sharks and his girlfriend's Ginsu-wielding ex-husband, Hawk is a witty and likeable character full of street smarts and unmatchable survival instincts. His story explores trust-and trust betrayed, along with the ethics of the street-and ethics compromised. Hawks tale is one of an edgy outsider's will for survival and love. Drawing from a side of politics and capitalism rarely seen by the general public, Button Man, with its unnerving violence and biting wit, is reminiscent of the worlds of Elmore Leonard, Nathaniel West, William Kennedy, and Quentin Tarantino.
Who is today's white-collar man? The world of work has changed radically since The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and other mid-twentieth-century investigations of corporate life and identity. Contemporary jobs are more precarious, casual Friday has become an institution, and telecommuting blurs the divide between workplace and home. Gender expectations have changed, too, with men's bodies increasingly exposed in the media and scrutinized in everyday interactions. In Buttoned Up, based on interviews with dozens of men in three U.S. cities with distinct local dress cultures--New York, San Francisco, and Cincinnati--Erynn Masi de Casanova asks what it means to wear the white collar now. Despite the expansion of men's fashion and grooming practices, the decrease in formal dress codes, and the relaxing of traditional ideas about masculinity, white-collar men feel constrained in their choices about how to embody professionalism. They strategically embrace conformity in clothing as a way of maintaining their gender and class privilege. Across categories of race, sexual orientation and occupation, men talk about "blending in" and "looking the part" as they aim to keep their jobs or pursue better ones. These white-collar workers' accounts show that greater freedom in work dress codes can, ironically, increase men's anxiety about getting it wrong and discourage them from experimenting with their dress and appearance.
Buttons have been made from almost every known material. Their study provides insight into fashion trends, the clothing industry and social history in general. This book introduces an array of these treasures from the past, to show the variety of materials and the intricate design and workmanship incorporated in the making of the button.
Helping friends renovate their summer cabin, Betsy uncovers a human skeleton hidden in the walls. It appears to be the body of a Nazi soldier-perhaps from the WWII POW camp that once operated not far from town. Stitching together the scant evidence, Betsy is determined to solve the murder-no matter how long ago it may have happened.
Introduce young readers to history through the stories of both real and fictionalized people. By focusing on a single important episode that describes a historical event, these books engage readers' interests and imaginations. Written in a story format, each account relates events that really happened, often followed by a brief summary of the historical event to further explain the significance it had on history.
Sofie Ryan's charming follow-up to The Whole Cat and Caboodle in the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series. Things have been quiet in the coastal town of North Harbor, Maine, since Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, solved their first murder. Sarah is happy running Second Chance, the shop where she sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. But then she gets dragged into a controversy over developing the waterfront. Most of the residents including Sarah -- are for it, but there is one holdout -- baker Lily Carter.<P><P> So when Lily is found murdered in her bakery, it looks like somebody wanted to remove the only obstacle to the development. But Sarah soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems. Now, with the help of her cat's uncanny ability to detect a lie, Sarah is narrowing down the suspects. But can she collar the culprit before the ruthless killer pounces again?
Protect your retirement from the next big crash with a New Twiston the Old Investment Strategy. For years, advisorshave recommended that investors take a "buy and hold" approach tothe market, but people over fifty can't afford to rely on thisstrategy. Buy, Hold, & SELL! uncovers the myth of the"buy and hold" investment philosophy, and explains why it'sdangerously incomplete. Written by Ken Moraif, one ofBarron's top 100 Financial Advisors in the United Statesthree years a row and who called the 2008 market crash in Novemberof 2007, this book outlines an alternative strategy that betterserves investors who are at retirement age. Written ineasy-to-understand language and buoyed by Ken's trademark humor,this guide shoots down the myths that keep investors in riskymarkets, and arms readers with the knowledge, motivation, andstrategies that may help them survive-and even thrive-during theinevitable next bear market.Too many retirees lost a large percentage of their investmentsduring the market collapse of 2008 and spent years trying to regaintheir footing. During the collapse, many advisors told theirclients to stay in the market. Ken did the opposite, advising hisclients and listeners of his popular radio show "MoneyMatters" to get out of the market in November of 2007-beforethe economic meltdown. With this book, Ken shares his 26 years ofexperience to help investors prepare for the imminent bear marketthat could devastate their retirement plans.For those looking to build a sound financial plan for the longrun, this book provides expert insight and solid advice withsupporting charts, graphs, statistics, and anecdotes.Understand the buy-hold-SELL strategyLearn how to design a sell strategy to protect principal in thenext bear marketFind clear-cut information regarding retirement financesDiscover the benefits of a diversified portfolio This bookexpands upon old advice to provide the most important part of theequation: a sell strategy designed to protect principal.The goal of Buy, Hold, & SELL! is not to makeinvestors rich quick, but to help keep them from becoming poor.
You've got a good idea. You know it could make a crucial difference for you, your organization, your community. You present it to the group, but get confounding questions, inane comments, and verbal bullets in return. Before you know what's happened, your idea is dead, shot down. You're furious. Everyone has lost: Those who would have benefited from your proposal. You. Your company. Perhaps even the country.It doesn't have to be this way, maintain John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead. In Buy-In, they reveal how to win the support your idea needs to deliver valuable results. The key? Understand the generic attack strategies that naysayers and obfuscators deploy time and time again. Then engage these adversaries with tactics tailored to each strategy. By "inviting in the lions" to critique your idea--and being prepared for them--you'll capture busy people's attention, help them grasp your proposal's value, and secure their commitment to implementing the solution.The book presents a fresh and amusing fictional narrative showing attack strategies in action. It then provides several specific counterstrategies for each basic category the authors have defined--including:· Death-by-delay: Your enemies push discussion of your idea so far into the future it's forgotten.· Confusion: They present so much data that confidence in your proposal dies.· Fearmongering: Critics catalyze irrational anxieties about your idea.· Character assassination: They slam your reputation and credibility.Smart, practical, and filled with useful advice, Buy-In equips you to anticipate and combat attacks--so your good idea makes it through to make a positive change.
TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF BEING A LANDLORD. With foreclosures skyrocketing, there's never been a better time to buy rental property -- and to hang on to it for long-term wealth building. Drawing on his ten years of experience managing and owning hundreds of rental properties, Bryan M. Chavis, founder of The Landlord Academy and Apartment Investment Advisors, shows how you can leverage as little as $10,000 into a lifelong stream of wealth using nothing more than good instincts, smart research, and a little elbow grease. Learn how to buy desirable properties, attract quality tenants, negotiate lease agreements, collect rent, finance a mortgage, and manage the property. From leases to property-evaluation documents, you'll find a complete tool kit in this book, which contains every form and checklist you need to run a single-unit apartment or an entire rental building! With added guidance from building-maintenance experts, property attorneys, and tenants' rights organizations, Buy It, Rent It, Profit! is the go-to guide for anyone interested in becoming a landlord and achieving profitable, consistent results.
24 sci-fi stories by Asimov plus his biographical commentary on each of them, forming a unique autobiography from the early 50s up to the mid 70s.
Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00, former investigative journalist Mark Di Vincenzo's follow-up to his bestselling Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon, is another endlessly fascinating and eminently useful compendium of expert tips on perfect timing for a myriad of activities--more of the best times to buy this, do that, and go there. Covering an even wider range of topics than before--including beauty tips, pets, cars, and children--this book is an absolute must for readers of Schott's Miscellany and other collections of useful information, and for multi-taskers searching for better, healthier, thriftier ways to do things. After all, timing is everything.
Buyer Personas: How to Gain Insight into your Customer's Expectations, Align your Marketing Strategies, and Win More Businessby Adele Revella
See your offering through the buyer's eyes for more effective marketing Buyer Personas is the marketer's actionable guide to learning what your buyer wants and how they make decisions. Written by the world's leading authority on buyer personas, this book provides comprehensive coverage of a compelling new way to conduct buyer studies, plus practical advice on adopting the buyer persona approach to measurably improve marketing outcomes. Readers will learn how to segment their customer base, investigate each customer type, and apply a radically more relevant process of message selection, content creation, and distribution through the channels that earn the buyers' trust. Rather than relying on generic data or guesswork to determine what the buyer wants, the buyer persona approach allows companies to ask the buyer directly and obtain more precise and actionable guidance. Buyer personas are composite pictures of the people who buy solutions, services or products, crafted through a unique type of interview with the people the marketer wants to influence. This book provides step-by-step guidance toward implementing the buyer persona approach, with the advice of an internationally-respected expert. Learn who buys what, and why Understand your buyer's goals and how you can address them Tailor your marketing activities to your buyer's expectations See the purchase through the customer's eyes A recent services industry survey reports that 52 percent of their marketers have buyer personas, and another 28 percent expect to add them within the next two years - but only 14.6 percent know how to use them. To avoid letting such a valuable tool go to waste, access the expert perspective in Buyer Personas, and craft a more relevant marketing strategy.
Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of twentieth-century London. Now, for the first time in decades, readers in the United States can read the books of Dance as they were originally published-as twelve individual novels-but with a twenty-first-century twist: they're available only as e-books. The second volume, A Buyer's Market (1952), finds young Nick Jenkins struggling to establish himself in London. Amid the fever of the 1920s, he attends formal dinners and wild parties; makes his first tentative forays into the worlds of art, culture, and bohemian life; and suffers his first disappointments in love. Old friends come and go, but the paths they once shared are rapidly diverging: Stringham is settling into a life of debauchery and drink, Templer is plunging into the world of business, and Widmerpool, though still a figure of out-of-place grotesquerie, remains unbowed, confident in his own importance and eventual success. A Buyer's Market is a striking portrait of the pleasures and anxieties of early adulthood, set against a backdrop of London life and culture at one of its most effervescent moments. "Anthony Powell is the best living English novelist by far. His admirers are addicts, let us face it, held in thrall by a magician. "--Chicago Tribune "A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu. . . . Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's. "--Elizabeth Janeway, New York Times "One of the most important works of fiction since the Second World War. . . . The novel looked, as it began, something like a comedy of manners; then, for a while, like a tragedy of manners; now like a vastly entertaining, deeply melancholy, yet somehow courageous statement about human experience. "--Naomi Bliven, New Yorker "The most brilliant and penetrating novelist we have. "--Kingsley Amis
The prominent liberal syndicated radio and television host concisely explains the many ways President Obama has failed to live up to either his promises or his progressive potential, leaving Democrats disillusioned on the issues that matter most.Bill Press--a progressive champion and former chair of the California Democratic Party, a one-time co-host of CNN's Crossfire, and the popular nationally syndicated radio and television host of The Bill Press Show--reflects back on what for many progressives has been a disappointing presidency and comes to a depressing conclusion: Obama grossly misunderstood the mandate of the enthusiastic crowds that swarmed him on the campaign trail. Instead of recognizing their burning desire for strong progressive leadership, Obama tried to be a "post-partisan" president. The tragedy of Barack Obama is that, in trying to become the great uniter, he has instead become a grave disappointment. From climate change to gun safety to, yes, even health care, Obama's legacy on important issues falls far short of what could have been. Time and again, he let down his most impassioned supporters--the ones who used their powerful voices to vote for change--neglecting their priorities and wasting his potential by either not doing enough or, worse, repeating the errors of his predecessor. President Obama rode into office on a celebratory tide of liberal jubilation, but as his typically centrist presidency comes to a close, he leaves his supporters haunted by what might have been.
Home ownership is a cornerstone of the American dream, but it's a complex process that, without the right guidance, can seem like a nightmare. This Missing Manual takes you through the process of buying a home, from start to finish. Along the way, you'll use the book's expert advice and fill-in forms to identify the house you want, figure out what kind of neighborhood you want to live in, determine what a target home is really worth, make an offer, and close the deal. Throughout the process, this book helps you: Realistically determine how much house you can afford Assemble a real estate team that's looking after your interests and not the seller's Understand the different ways to finance your house, and which is best for you Create an attractive offer with the best chance of acceptance Learn what lenders look for so you can get your mortgage approved Inspect your new home to uncover potential problems Prepare all the right paperwork for a smooth closing
Second-home hunting has never been easier with everything you need to find and buy the right place at the best price! You don't have to be rich to buy a second home -- but you do need to be smart. Buying a Second Home delivers the goods, showing you how to make the purchase of your second home a success! You'll learn how to identify an affordable price range, choose a great location, get low-cost financing, minimize taxes and more. Explore topics you won't find in other home-buying books, including: innovative financing strategies how to rent your property profitably how to assess the investment potential of a fixer-upper choosing the right mortgage for you profiting from a second-home sale buying a home in foreclosure The CD-ROM includes handy checklists and custom worksheets that help you make sense of the entire process, from buying to ownership. The new 2nd edition includes updated market and mortgage information, including the latest criteria you'll need to meet in order to get a loan and how to assess the potential of a recently foreclosed home. Get the step-by-step information you need to be smart about your investment with Buying a Second Home. The CD-ROM that accompanies the printed version of this book includes forms or other tools; in this eBook, you'll find all those documents in the appendix or at the back of the book.
Financial services professional Craig Venezia guides readers through the process of buying a second home, sharing a wealth of practical, money-saving tips along the way. A sampling of topics includes budgeting for a second home, working with real estate agents, buying directly from the seller, finding alternative financing, and being a landlord. A number of forms and checklists are found in the appendix as well as on the accompanying CD-ROM. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Buying and Selling a Business reveals key strategies used to sell and acquire business investments. Garrett Sutton, Esq. is a best selling author of numerous law for the layman books, and he guides the reader clearly through all of the obstacles to be faced before completing a winning transaction."Buying and Selling a Business" uses real life stories to illustrate how to prepare your business for sale, analyze acquisition candidates and assemble the right team of experts. The book also clearly identifies how to understand the tax issues of a business sale, how to use confidentiality agreements to your benefit and how to negotiate your way to a positive result.Robert Kiyosaki, the best selling author of Rich Dad/Poor Dad has this to say about Buying and Selling a Business, "Garrett Sutton's information is priceless for anyone who wants to increase his or her knowledge of the often secret world of the rich, what the rich invest in, and some of the reasons why the rich get richer."Buying and Selling a Business is a timely business book for our times.