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During World War Two the Special Operation Executive's French Section sent more than 400 agents into Occupied France -- at least 100 never returned and were reported 'Missing Believed Dead' after the war. Twelve of these were women who died in German concentration camps -- some were tortured, some were shot, and some died in the gas chambers. Vera Atkins had helped prepare these women for their missions, and when the war was over she went out to Germany to find out what happened to them and the other agents lost behind enemy lines. But while the woman who carried out this extraordinary mission appeared quintessentially English, she was nothing of the sort. Vera Atkins, who never married, covered her life in mystery so that even her closest family knew almost nothing of her past. In A LIFE IN SECRETS Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera's many veils and -- with unprecedented access to official and private papers, and the cooperation of Vera's relatives -- vividly reconstructed an extraordinary life.
Published in 1984, the first edition of Life in the Chesapeake Bay became an instant classic, providing fascinating insights into some of the more than two thousand plants and animals that make their home in America's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Superbly illustrated and clearly written, this acclaimed field guide described the richly varied habitats found along the mid-Atlantic coast and cataloged more than three hundred species of fish, invertebrates, and aquatic plants commonly found in the Chesapeake Bay and in coastal inlets from Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod. Reflecting a further decade of research, this new edition expands on the Lippsons' discussion of wetland habitats and covers an additional 116 species closely associated with the Chesapeake Bay, including a broad range of birds and several species of insects, reptiles, and mammals. Written to be useful to a variety of readers--year-round residents and summer vacationers, professional biologists and amateur scientists, conservationists and sportsmen-- Life in the Chesapeake Bay is a unique and comprehensive guide to one of this country's most important and beautiful natural resources.
THERE'S A PERFECT GIRL at every school, yours included. You know her. Beautiful. Talented. Smart. Great parents. Cool boyfriend. You can't even hate her, because, of course, she's so nice.At Forest Hills High, Lara Ardeche is that girl.But things can change."Skillfully drawn, resulting in a compelling story. . . . An enjoyable and thought-provoking read."--School Library Journal"Readers will be totally caught up in Lara's struggle to find her true self under all that weight."--BooklistAn ALA Best Books for Young AdultsFrom the Hardcover edition.
Life in the Ring: Lessons and Inspiration from the Sport of Boxing Including Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya, Jake Lamotta, George Foreman, Floyd Patterson, and Rocky Marcianoby John Oden
Much more than a book on boxing, Life in the Ring is equally historical, literary, and inspirational. Truly a one-of-a-kind book. There is no sport more unforgiving than boxing. Boxing represents the best of who we are as individuals. Those who have participated in the sport, at any level, can use the lessons they have learned in all aspects of their lives, from business, to politics, to personal relationships. People observing the sport can draw on the insight that boxing imparts in all phases of their lives. Life in the Ring gathers the wisdom and lore of the "sweet science" of boxing and organizes them into a single volume that is equally historical, literary, and inspirational. An invaluable compendium, Life in the Ring offers the stories of boxing legends, past and present, and draws inspiring lessons from the remarkable determination, fortitude, and willpower that made these men great. Included are such engaging themes and examples from the lives of legendary boxers as: * The Role of Courage and Confidence--Muhammad Ali * On Challenging Yourself--Oscar de la Hoya * The Quality of Being Tough--Jake LaMotta * Reinventing Yourself and Making a Comeback--George Foreman * Overcoming Obstacles through Persistence and Determination--James J. Braddock * Winning Without Shortcuts--Joe Calzaghe * Making Fear Your Friend--Floyd Patterson * Overcoming Pain--Rocky Marciano * The Power of Discipline and Preparation--Bernard Hopkins * On Giving Back--Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. With a Foreword by the famed boxing writer, Bert Randolf Sugar, and exciting, relatable stories, Life in the Ring packs a fantastic punch for readers of all kinds.
Life in the Universe takes non-science majors on a journey through the solar system and beyond, using a rigorous yet accessible introduction to astronomy, biology, and geology to explain natural phenomena and to explore profound scientific questions about astrobiology. The Third Edition has been thoroughly revised to include updated scientific discoveries, new Cosmic Context two-page spreads, and an updated Companion Website. Designed for astrobiology courses but also suitable for introductory astronomy courses, Life in the Universe captures your imagination by exploring fundamental pan-scientific questions: What is life? How did life begin on Earth? What are the most extreme forms of life currently known? Is it reasonable to imagine life beyond Earth? The text motivates you to develop basic reasoning skills and an understanding of the process of science through skillful writing and a wealth of pedagogical features, such as Learning Goals that keep you focused on key concepts. Sidebars provide optional mathematical material for courses that fulfill quantitative requirements.
Winner of two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Brian W. Aldiss has, for over fifty years, continued to challenge readers' minds with literate, thought-provoking, and inventive science fiction. Now, E-Reads is proud to make available in eBook format the classic works of Aldiss.Now with a New Introduction by the Author!Thomas C. Squire, creator of the hit documentary series Frankenstein Among the Arts, one-time secret agent and founder of the Society for Popular aesthetics, is attending an international media symposium in Sicily. It is here that he becomes involved with lovely, but calculating Selina Ajdina. Alongside the drama of the conference is the story of Squire's private life - the tale of his infidelity, the horrifying circumstances surrounding his father's death and the threatened future of his ancestral home in England.Selected by Anthony Burgess as one of the 99 best novels published since 1939.
Twelve years ago Matthew "the Rocket" Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost--his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life. Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal--to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school. There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and--if discovered--reincarceration for life, he'll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey's love.
Life is ____. How would you finish that sentence?Judah Smithbelieves Jesus shows us how to live life to the fullest. In this follow-up to his New York Times andUSA Today bestseller Jesus Is ____, Judah completes the new sentenceagain and again, revealing how · Life is to be loved and to love. · Life is to trust God in every moment.· Life is to be at peace with God and yourself. · Life is to enjoy God. Judah writes as a friend, welcoming new believers,lifelong followers of Jesus, and even the merely curious. He shows us the love of God thatdefies human logic and the life that God intends for us to have in the here andnow. With excitement and humor, Judah looks at the stories in the Bible from hisunique angle and shows how life is all about loving God and loving others.
Actually consisting of a set of wide-ranging, sentimental essays in which farmer, poet and writer Wendell Berry argues for greater dialogue between the arts and sciences, attempts to show that E.O. Wilson's "Consilience" is no more than the subjugation of religion and art by science, and advocates a new "emancipation proclamation" to free people from enslavement by corporations.
Presentation Mastery Is the Key to Professional and Personal Success. As presentation coach to America's top CEOs, Tony Jeary has become known as Mr. Presentation . In his work with more than 500 world-class organizations in 35 countries, he has found a common denominator in every situation: Your success in life depends upon how you approach the millions of opportunities before you. And in this insightful and compelling book, Jeary reveals the eight simple secrets that you can put to work immediately to achieve dramatic results both at work and at home -- and everywhere else! Unless you're a hermit living on a mountaintop, your life largely consists of your interactions with the people around you. Whether you call them presentation skills or people skills, these eight essential practices will allow you to master any interaction, whether it involves a roomful of colleagues, a small group, or just one other person. You will learn to understand both why the eight essentials work as well as how they work, including: the single word that will convince 93 percent of your listeners every time the big question presenters consistently forget to ask themselves the 10 personality types you must be able to recognize and handle the firepower of your own Presentation Arsenal the magic behind the mnemonic I P R E S E N T. Engaging, informative, and loaded with useful anecdotes, this book will teach you easy-to-use skills that change the way you approach every situation and that will have an immediate impact on you, both professionally and personally. Because your life is a series of presentations.
A circus comes to the neighborhood and the lives of the sisters at Grace Chapel Inn become like a three-ring circus as well.
From the outside, they're simply a group of urban teenagers. But from the inside, they're some of the most complex people you'll ever meet. There's Eric, fiercely protective of his brother Mickey-but he has a secret that holds together his past and future. Sonia, struggling to live the life of a good Muslim girl in a foreign America. Gingerbread and Keisha, who fall in love despite themselves. Life Is Funny strips away the defenses of one group of teenagers living today, right now-and shows their unbearably real lives. "First novelist Frank breaks new ground with a realistic, lyrical novel about eleven teens in Brooklyn now ... Their talk is painful, rough, sexy, funny, fearful, furious, gentle. Each chapter, each vignette within a chapter, builds to its own climax, and the stories weave together to surprise you." (Booklist, starred review) "An astounding first effort." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)
Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy: The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Dietby Linda Spangle
The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Diet
From the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author James Salter and his wife, Kay--amateur chefs and perfect hosts--here is a charming, beautifully illustrated tour de table: a food lover's companion that, with an entry for each day of the year, takes us from a Twelfth Night cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year's Eve. Life Is Meals is rich with culinary wisdom, history, recipes, literary pleasures, and the authors' own memories of successes and catastrophes. For instance: * The menu on the Titanic on the fatal night * Reflections on dining from Queen Victoria, JFK, Winnie-the-Pooh, Garrison Keillor, and many others * The seductiveness of a velvety Brie or the perfect martini * How to decide whom to invite to a dinner party--and whom not to * John Irving's family recipe for meatballs; Balzac's love of coffee * The greatest dinner ever given at the White House * Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m. * How to cope with acts of God and man-made disasters in the kitchen Sophisticated as well as practical, opinionated, and indispensable, Life Is Meals is a tribute to the glory of food and drink, and the joy of sharing them with others. "The meal is the emblem of civilization," the Salters observe. "What would one know of life as it should be lived, or nights as they should be spent, apart from meals?"
Begun in 1934, this final volume of Gurdjieff's trilogy, All and Everything, is a primary source for Gurdjieff's ideas, methods, and biography. Gurdjieff offers guidance to his "community of seekers," through a selection of talks given in 1930, autobiographical material crucial to understanding his ideas, and the incomplete essay "The Outer and Inner World of Man. " Available for the first time in paperback, this is the ultimate piece of Gurdjieff's work that his numerous followers have been waiting for. .
In language both spare and direct yet wondrously lyrical, "Life Is Short But Wide" is an irresistible story of family that proves one is never too old to chase dreams. Cooper's stories reveal a meticulous attention to the nuances of African-American life--"San Francisco Chronicle. "
Author recounts that while life is tough, God is faithful.
He's a legend in his time. A man who's made it and who's also helping others make it. A man who travels around the world in management seminars for IBM, Xerox, 3M, Sperry Rand and other companies, but whose whole mission is to get into the spirit and heart of individual men and women. A man who offers you the ability to have a tremendous life. He's Charlie Jones, but his friends call him "Tremendous." And because what he says in this dynamite book will help you live, lead, and make the right decisions, you'll also call him "Tremendous." Here's a book you'll read in an hour and remember for a lifetime. Invest in Life Is Tremendous today. It may be the best money you've ever spent!
From composer, musician, and philanthropist Peter Buffett comes a warm, wise, and inspirational book that asks, Which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes. In Life Is What You Make It, Buffett expounds on the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broadminded mother, his industrious and talented father, and the many life teachers he has met along the way.Today's society, Buffett posits, has begun to replace a work ethic, relishing what you do, with a wealth ethic, honoring the payoff instead of the process. We confuse privilege with material accumulation, character with external validation. Yet, by focusing more on substance and less on reward, we can open doors of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment. In clear and concise terms, Buffett reveals a great truth: Life is random, neither fair nor unfair. From there it becomes easy to recognize the equal dignity and value of every human life--our circumstances may vary but our essences do not. We see that our journey in life rarely follows a straight line but is often met with false starts, crises, and blunders. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams--from discovering our vocations to living out our bliss to giving back to others.Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living your life to the fullest. From the Hardcover edition.
When she was very young, Baby Halder was abandoned by her mother and left with a cruel, abusive father. She was married off at twelve to a man twice her age who beat her. At fourteen, she was a mother herself. Her early life was marked by overwhelming challenges and heartbreak until, exhausted and desperate, she fled with her three children to Delhi, to work as a maid in some of the city's wealthiest homes. Expected to serve her employers' every demand, she faced a staggering workload that often left her no time to care for her own children. But she never complained, for such is the lot of the poor in modern-day India. Written without a trace of self-pity, A Life Less Ordinary is a shocking look deep inside a world of poverty and subjugation that few outsiders know about--and an inspiring true story of one remarkable woman's strength, courage, and determination to soar above her circumstances.
Is it possible to be happy all the time? For most of us, happiness comes and goes. Life may bring pleasure one day and pain the next. But what if you could love your life no matter what the circumstances? It's possible--and Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live shows you how.
Loving the way we live is the closest thing to happiness. Is it possible to be happy all the time? For most of us, happiness comes and goes. Life may bring pleasure one day and pain the next.
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have inspired millions with their timeless tales of everyday life. Now they team with noted women's issues expert Stephanie Marston in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Women.Extraordinary recipes for living will improve lives in nine simple steps. Women will benefit from getting to know themselves in a journal that truly celebrates life. The basic premise of the Chicken Soupseries--the power of friendship, the joy of the small moment, and importance of relationships--has been reborn into a step-by-step primer for a better life. The advice in Life Lessons is aimed specifically at women and their everyday concerns, such as finding time, making ends meet, and balancing priorities; it is straightforward yet perceptive, and combined with powerful stories, it overflows with inspiration and direction for creating a significant life.
Claire learns from Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers that the Fourth of July is more than just fireworks, it's the celebration of our freedoms.
Polly is a real estate solicitor. She is also losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner's to pick up her dress for the party, it's not there. Not the dress - the dry cleaner's. And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on - and it's going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out. From one of the funniest voices in comic fiction today comes a hilarious tale of pigs and parallel worlds.