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Crazy Little Thing is a look at why we want to be in love and the burbling, boiling soup of endorphins, hormones, and neurotransmitters that spill from our brain to make us do things that would otherwise be viewed as insane. Investigative journalist Liz Langley traveled the country to research and interview singularly love-mad folks who maimed, murdered, and married. Langley reveals the science of love and lust, as well as very human stories: a spouse who can't stop loving her criminally psychotic husband, even after he threw acid in her face; the sweet romance between alligator-skinned sideshow performers; and a man whose neurons drive his necrophilia. Langley reveals the control our chemicals have over us in a hilarious, confounding - and too strange to be anything but true - look at love.
A collection of nine stories about Mexican American kids growing up in the Rio Grande of South Texas.
Growing up on his parents' ranch in North San Diego County, Victor Villaseñor's teenage years were marked by a painful quest to find a place for himself in a world he did not fit into. Discriminated due to his Mexican heritage, Victor questions the tenets of his faith and the restrictions it places on his own spirituality and sexuality. Ultimately, his search for identity takes him to Mexico to learn of his family's roots, where he soon discovers that his heritage doesn't determine his intelligence or success. Through this often humorous and poignant tale, Victor deftly undermines the macho stereotype so often associated with Latinos, while exposing the tender vulnerability and naÏvetÉ of a young man grappling with the roles foisted on him by the church and society. Victor's youthful misadventures elicit sympathy, laughter, and tears as he attempts to divine the mysteries of the opposite sex in this powerful, revealing memoir. "The clarity that comes from Villaseñor's personal and cultural experience is not matched in any of Steinbeck's major works" (Los Angeles Times).
Government operative Dylan Hart has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But no nemesis could have prepared the Special Defense Forces commander for the newest member of his team. A street-smart heartbreaker in Day-Glo pink and black leather, Skeeter Bang has been recruited to aid and abet Dylan's latest mission: steal a top-secret file and bury it before all hell breaks loose.
If everyone wants to say I'm trippin', well, that's their problem. . . If you saw my boo Sincere, you'd totally understand why I've dropped everything--even my besties--to be with him 24/7. After all, what girl wouldn't do whatever it takes to show her first-ever boyfriend she's all he could ever want? I know I'm a prize, but relationships are tough enough when you're just a high school senior, so I've really had to up my game to keep a college freshman like Sincere interested. And if that means hacking his cell and following him everywhere, I'm down. Because I just know what we have is for always. And I'm going to prove it, no matter how far I have to go. . . Hot and poppin' with drama and life lessons. The world of teen lit has never seen anything like this before!--Ni-Ni SimoneAmir Abrams is a regular dude with a dream. Born in Brooklyn, Amir has a thing for fresh kicks, fly whips, and all things Polo. For Amir, writing teen fiction was never something he imagined himself doing until he started working with Ni-Ni Simone on Hollywood High. Now, he's amped about the endless possibilities. Amir hopes to be an inspiration to others and is determined to make a difference in the lives of teens everywhere.
A writing about women, the collection of women's movement was in a period of great activity, growth, and anger; it is now in a period of consolidation. Very amusing reflections on women in general and also some famous women in particular. It's as amusing and real today as it was when it was a bestseller by this noted columnist in 1975.
With the country more polarized than ever, the 2012 presidential election is expected to be one of the most heated in our country's history. Among all the polished speeches and great sound bites, sometimes in that torrent of official and unofficial remarks, some real head-scratchers slip out. Crazy Sh*t Presidents Said consists of 1,000 crazy, surprising, eye-popping, historically verified quotations, arranged thematically by subject. "I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election." --W. G. Harding "I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming." --Jimmy Carter "I always figured the American public wanted a solemn ass for president, so I went along with them." --C. Coolidge "If I don't have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches."--John F. Kennedy
How to Land the Hot Guy 1.0A multimillionaire by the age of 27, app developer Evie James is clueless when it comes to hooking up. So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson.Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward. A master of one-night stands, he's more than happy to show her what she's been missing in the bedroom. But he quickly discovers that one night with a woman like Evie will never be enough for him...
His drug and alcohol-fuelled antics made world headlines and engulfed a city in unprecedented controversy. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's personal and political troubles have occupied centre stage in North America's fourth largest city since news broke that drug dealers were selling a videotape of Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine. Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle was one of three journalists to view the video and report on its contents in May 2013. Her dogged pursuit of the story has uncovered disturbing details about the mayor's past and embroiled the Toronto police, city councillors and ordinary citizens in a raucous debate about the future of the city. Even before those explosive events, Ford was a divisive figure. A populist and a successful city councillor, Ford was an underdog to become mayor in 2010. His politics and mercurial nature have split the amalgamated city in two. But there is far more to the story. the Ford family has a long, unhappy history of substance abuse and criminal behavior. Despite their troubles, they are also one of the most ambitious families in Canada. Those close to the Fords say they often compare themselves to the Kennedys and believe they were born to lead. and regardless of whether the mayor survives the current crack cocaine scandal, Doolittle argues, the Ford name will be on the ballot in the mayoralty election in 2014. Fast-paced and packed with shocking revelations, Crazy Town is a page-turning portrait of a troubled man, a formidable family and a city caught in an astonishing scandal.
It's a long way from the jungles of Colombia to a Colorado library, where Special Forces operative Creed Rivera is staking out one of the world's most dangerous women. With her prim librarian looks, Cordelia "Cody" Stark doesn't look like a nuclear arms broker. But nabbing her is Creed's latest mission-until a trio of thugs shows up and he's suddenly forced to play hero. . . . Armed with secrets that could ignite a global inferno, Cody was already running out of places to hide. And now a hotshot government agent has blown her cover by throwing himself between her and certain death. Trusting the hero who just saved her life is not an option. Resisting him is something else entirely. And when bullets start to fly, a man and a woman running out of time are gearing up for the wildest adventure of their lives.... From the Paperback edition.
"[Wes "Scoop" Nisker] delivers zen zingers with Borscht Belt timing."--The New York TimesComing at a desperate time for the planet, this new Cody's Book draws from religion, evolution, cosmology, and Buddhism, and calls for a new spirituality--one that fits our modern, scientific worldview. Wes "Scoop" Nisker shows why life is beautiful ("Be Here Wow!") and invites all sentient beings to celebrate. Here is a seriously funny manifesto for Nisker fans and anyone looking for crazy wisdom to help cope with today's world.Journalist, author, and Buddhist meditation teacher, Wes "Scoop" Nisker has a number of earlier publications, including The Essential Crazy Wisdom (2001) and Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom (2003). Nisker is well-known in California as an irreverent radio personality.
Beyond the wrought-iron gates and stuccoed facades of the houses of Greenwood, a murderous maze of deceit, adultery, fraud, and betrayal awaits "Nameless".
"Nostalgic, richly textured. Sweetly evokes an innocent if hardscrabble lost age. " --Publishers Weekly. Six-year-old Jean-Luc LaPointe, his little sister, and his spirited but vulnerable young mother have been abandoned--again--by his father, a charming con artist. With no money and nowhere else to go, the LaPointes create a fragile nest in a tenement building at 238 North Pearl Street in Albany, New York. For the next eight years, through the Great Depression and Second World War, they live in the heart of the Irish slum, surrounded by ward heelers, unemployment, and grinding poverty. Pearl Street is also home to a variety of "crazyladies": Miss Cox, the feared and ridiculed teacher who ignites Jean-Luc's imagination; Mrs. Kane, who runs a beauty parlor/fortune-telling salon in the back of her husband's grocery store; Mrs. Meehan, the desperate, harried matriarch of a thuggish family across the street; lonely Mrs. McGivney, who spends every day tending to her catatonic husband, a veteran of the Great War; and Jean-Luc's own unconventional, vivacious mother. Colorful though it is, Jean-Luc never stops dreaming of a way out of the slum, and his mother's impossible expectations are both his driving force and his burden. As legendary writer Trevanian lovingly re-creates the neighborhood of his youth in this funny, deeply moving coming-of-age novel, he also paints a vivid portrait of a neighborhood, a city, a nation in turmoil, and the people waiting for a better life to begin. "Literary time travel, meticulously remembered and set down. ... This book is in some ways a key to our country; America was made by people like this." --Washington Post. TREVANIAN is the author of Shibumi, The Eiger Sanction, The Loo Sanction, The Main, The Summer of Katya, Incident at Twenty-Mile, and Hot Night in the City. Visit www.trevanian.com for the Crazyladies cybernotes, Trevanian's commentaries, items from the author's desk, and more.
Living with insensitive, tactless, careless, inattentive, difficult, self-absorbed, neglectful, damaging, condemning, harsh, hard, treacherous, deceiving, prejudiced, and paralyzing people...can make you crazy! Chances are, there's at least one person like that in your life right now-a person who is always right. Behavior ranges from indifference and unconcern to complete narcissism and destruction. Dr. Paul Meier and Dr. Robert Wise created this important text to assist you in recognizing this behavior and dealing with it. Their most important message: It's not you! It's them! The doctors' insight will help you understand how narcissistic people think and how they affect those around them. Finally, they offer Seven Steps to help you walk out of a crisis with someone like this.
This study guide serves as a preparation tool for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam. Topics covered include theories of counseling, vocational theories and medical aspects of disability.
Here are Oregon's best low-impact hikes, perfect for aging boomers, families with children and anyone looking for more of a stroll than a climb. The Creaky Knees Guide Oregon covers 100 of the best easy hikes throughout the state, dividing the trails into regions. Grouped according to difficulty--from "Stroll in the Park" to "Knee Punishing"--this helpful hiking guide also includes urban hikes, overall hike rating, and best season(s) to hit the trail. Written in a wry but informative tone by veteran hiker Seabury Blair Jr., The Creaky Knees Guide Oregon is an accessible resource anyone can use to explore the beauty of the Northwest.
Analyzes the value of elite education by examining the lives and careers of members of the Stanford University class of 1981 ten years after graduation. Their stories show how the rising professional elite has dealt with issues such as balancing career and family, defining success, and finding satisfaction in work.
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen has a dress to fit into and a date with her sister, Andrea, at Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bodies. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise, of all things, is bad enough. Discovering the body of man-eating bombshell Ronni Ward floating in the gym's jacuzzi? Okay, that's worse. Nor does it help that there's a plate of The Cookie Jar's very own cream puffs garnishing the murder scene.Trying to narrow the list of Ronni's enemies down to fewer than half the town's female population, Hannah has her plate full. Trouble is, when it comes to cookies--and to murder--there's always room for one more. . . "Foodie fans will eat up Fluke's cozy. . . A fluffy mix of sweets and suspense." --Publishers Weekly"Entertaining and sprinkled with tempting recipes. It's a sweet treat of a novel." --The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)"A tasty treat." --Kirkus Reviews
The British on holiday: how can four simple words evoke so many vivid images, images of raw sunburn and relentless rain, of John Bull's Pub (in Lanzarote) and Antonio's Tapas Bar (in Torquay), of endless queues to get through security at Manchester Airport, or Gatwick, or Glasgow, or Luton, and endless tailbacks on the M5, or M6, or M25, but also images of carefree sploshing in Portuguese swimming-pools and lazy lunches in the Provencal sun? In this funny, acutely observed and engaging social history, Brian Viner celebrates the holidaying British, with their quirks and their quinine tablets, and their blithe assumption that the elderly man selling oranges at the roadside in Corfu, so photogenic with his walnut face and three teeth, must surely understand just a few, uncomplicated English sentences. He examines the fortnight-long cruise at one end of the holiday spectrum, and a day's rambling in the Lake District at the other. He looks at how the holidaying British evolved into the big-spending, many-headed beast we know today, by recalling not only the holidays that we took as children, but the holidays our grandparents, and their grandparents, took. It is a story that connects Blackpool with Barcelona, Mauritius with Margate. It is a story, indeed, that connects us all.
A New York Times Notable BookA Miami Herald Best Book of the YearIn this deeply personal book, the celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile. Inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University's Toni Morrison Lecture Series, here Danticat tells stories of artists who create despite (or because of) the horrors that drove them from their homelands. Combining memoir and essay, these moving and eloquent pieces examine what it means to be an artist from a country in crisis.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Extend your Excel 2007 skills--and create more-powerful and compelling charts in less time. Guided by an Excel expert, you'll learn how to turn flat, static charts into dynamic solutions--where you can visualize and manipulate data countless ways with a simple mouse click. Get the hands-on practice and examples you need to produce your own, professional-quality results. No programming required! Maximize the impact of your ideas and data! Learn how your design decisions affect perception and comprehension Match the right chart type to your communication objective Visualize--then build--your solution using the author's five-step approach Apply the science of color to make the right things pop Add controls--such as drop-down lists and scroll bars--without coding Use conditional formatting to dynamically highlight and analyze data Unleash your chart-making creativity--and bring numbers to life! CD includes: More than 150 sample, customizable charts for various business scenarios Helpful worksheets and job aids Bonus content and resources Fully searchable eBook A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via OReilly Medias Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit OReillys web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com.
With projects ranging in difficulty from easy stringing pieces to more challenging seed bead weaving designs, this guidebook provides 20 stunning crystal designs with expert instructions. Explaining details on the basics of crystal crafting while revealing entertaining tidbits about this specialty bead, crystal jewelry projects are presented for any type of fashion, from classic looks and special occasion pieces to trendy, fashion forward designs. With a variety of glamorous projects - including a rich paisley brooch, a violet and topaz tapestry bracelet, or a midnight blue multistrand necklace for day or evening - crystal lovers will delight in this crafter's companion.
Add a few or many semiprecious stones to jewelry designs-turquoise, amethyst, jasper, or onyx or any of the stones commonly available today-to punctuate or entirely shape the look and feel of a piece. From sassy, elegant, dressy, or flirty, Create Jewelry: Stones presents twenty-three projects ranging in difficulty from easy stringing pieces to seed bead weaving designs. All projects are glamorous and timeless and represent unique ways to use stones in jewelry designs for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The authors combine innovative designs with intriguing anecdotes, history, and tips about these multifaceted beads. Following in the footsteps of Create Jewelry: Pearls and Create Jewelry: Crystals, Create Jewelry: Stones presents stunning designs, all incorporating various semiprecious gemstone beads.Projects are divided into Classic, Special-Occasion, and Fashion-Forward categories, so readers can easily find designs of their choosing. Beautiful photos are accompanied by step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow, so readers can re-create their own designs. Additional material of interest for stone lovers includes stone basics, the differences between semiprecious and precious stones, entertaining tidbits about these specialty beads, and more.
Do you see branding as the key to the success of your business but aren't sure where to start? This book, written by enthusiastic experts, will help you to maximise your brand, even in a downturn. All aspects of branding are covered including brand creation and protection. Fascinating case studies of famous brands, including the disaster stories, nail their advice in the real world. All aspects of branding are covered including: - what is a brand and why it is heart, soul and core of a business - brands in a recession, including the success stories - methods to value a brand - brand focus - brand creation and structure - brand audience and brand vision -importance of creativity - brand implementation - personal branding - brand protection- trademark, intellectual property - brand delivery Throughout the book the authors include their own extensive experiences and guidance. A multitude of fascinating case studies include Harley Davidson, IKEA, Aldi, Lego, Cadbury and the Apple iPod plus the disaster stories such as Woolworths and MFI are given throughout the book to nail the advice given in the real world. Even examples of branding behaviour such as Susan Boyle, banks and MPS are analysed! NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of computing. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
This fun guide teaches you how to emulate the fashion-forward looks to top designers, such as the grand dame of handbags Judith Leiber, without breaking the bank on bling. Detailed instructions and more than 150 color photos demonstrate how to create glitzy items from bags acquired at garage sales and flea markets, using genuine Swarovski crystals or reasonably priced acrylic or metallic rhinestones and a healthy helping of creativity.
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