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Meet Indie Kidd, who is celebrating her 10th birthday. Or she would be celebrating if it weren't for a horrible school project. Indie's teacher loves making lists and wants the students to list their top three talents. Never mind three talents, Indie can hardly think of one. Her super-talented best friends, Soph and Fee, have quickly finished their lists. Now, there's no time to lose as the girls team up to help Indie find her special talents. She tries just about everything from hair wrapping to magic tricks. There's got to be something Indie's good at--or at least good(ish). From the Trade Paperback edition.
Guaranteed to perk up even the most cynical spirit, HOW TO BE HAPPY, DAMMIT is the first and only self-help book that merges psychology, biology, eastern and western philosophies, quantum physics, and the Zen of Bazooka Joe. Think love and happiness have passed you by? Think no schmaltzy book can help you capture the life-joy you're looking for? This book is different, promises author Karen Salmansohn. Peek within its colorful, uniquely designed pages, and you really will find pearls of wisdom to help you discover more satisfaction every day. And you'll find no saccharine sweetness here. This book tells it like it is, exploring the ups and downs of life in a straightforward, thought-provoking, and humorous way. HOW TO BE HAPPY, DAMMIT is the self-help book for people who don't buy self-help books. It may not change your life (unless you let it), but it will certainly brighten your day, even if you are a die-hard cynic. * Includes 44 life lessons that will save you years of time, effort, and navel-gazing.* Inspiring, fanciful graphics and illustrations throughout.* Karen Salmansohn's book How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days or Less Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers has sold over 450,000 copies.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The bounteous pleasures of married life have been endured by stoical, ingenious men and women for millennia. 'How to be Happy Though Married' is a compendium of their hard-won wisdom, offering advice for any conceivable conjugal conundrum, from the potential of a wife to wander (you might consider stealing her shoes, a la the Ancient Greeks) to the avoidance of a drunk husband's amorous advances. Why suffer or rejoice alone when this book revealing the advice, observations and witty rejoinders of Jane Austen, Plutarch, Shakespeare, Trollope and Einstein could be your constant companion?
With advice, information, and reflection on such matters as lying in, long lunches, the art of the nap, and how to skive, How to Be Idle gives you all the inspiration you need to take a break from your fast-paced, overworked life. From the founding editor of the The Idler, the celebrated magazine about the freedom and fine art of doing nothing, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture. In How to Be Idle, Tom Hodgkinson presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: being happy doing nothing. He covers a whole spectrum of issues affecting the modern idler -- sleep, work, pleasure, relationships -- bemoaning the cultural skepticism of idleness while reflecting on the writing of such famous apologists for it as Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Johnson, and Nietzsche -- all of whom have admitted to doing their very best work in bed. It's a well-known fact that Europeans spend fewer hours at work a week than Americans. So it's only befitting that one of them -- the very clever, extremely engaging, and quite hilarious Hodgkinson -- should have the wittiest and most useful insights into the fun and nature of loafing. Who wouldn't want to blow off work for a day and just "be idle"? The key to a life of pleasure, freedom, and guilt-free lounging around is in your hands.
An inspiring biography of one of the most influential and beloved figures of the 21st century, Walt Disney, based on more than a thousand interviews.
Joseph and Isabelle Winters seem to have it all: a grand home in Holt, New York, a trio of radiant daughters, and a sense that they are safe in their affluent corner of America. But when five-year-old Ellie disappears, the fault lines within the family are exposed: Joseph, once a successful businessman, succumbs to his demons; Isabelle retreats into memories of her debutante days in Savannah; and Elite's bereft sisters grow apart-Madeline reluctantly stays home, while Caroline runs away. Fifteen years later, Caroline, now a New Orleans cocktail waitress, sees a photograph of a woman in a magazine. Convinced that it is Ellie, all grown up, Caroline embarks on a search for her missing sister. Armed with copies of the photo, an amateur detective guide, and a cooler of Dixie beer, Caroline travels through the New Mexico desert, the mountains of Colorado, and the smoky underworld of Montana, determined to salvage her broken family
Move over, Miss Manners. Step aside, Emily Post. It's time for a truly modern book ("How To Make Love to a Laptopper") on proper behaviour at work ("Walk fast and carry a piece of paper") and at play ("Riding a Bicicyle Without Being a Geek"). Forget excellence. This book will help you rise above it all and become, well, not too bad. From the Hardcover edition.
Influenced by A. J. Jacobs'sThe Year of Living Biblically,Harrell managed to recruit 20 members of his Boston congregation to join him in a month-long effort at living Levitically. Holiness was the ultimate goal, but so was learning. People who take the Bible seriously never know what to do with the book of Leviticus. And yet Leviticus is historically considered by Jews, and thus by Jesus, as the pivotal book of the Hebrew Bible. It's impossible to fully comprehend such key New Testament terms assacrifice,atonement,orbloodwithout some understanding of Leviticus. The "second greatest commandment," which Jesus said was "Love your neighbor as yourself," comes from Leviticus (19:18). As a longtime minister and preacher who had successfully skirted Leviticus for most of his life, author Daniel Harrell wanted to come to grips with all that Leviticus teaches--not just loving neighbors, but the parts about animal sacrifice, Sabbath-keeping, skin diseases, homosexuality, and stoning sinners, too. Yet rather than approaching Leviticus with a view toward mitigating its commands, he decided to simply obey them. The surprising lessons they learned impressed on Harrell both the power of obedience and the necessity of grace. This book traces the adventures of a group of people eager to understand the Bible by living it.
"Berlinerblau mounts a careful, judicious, and compelling argument that America needs more secularists--not only among nonbelievers but among believers as well. It will change the way we think and talk about religious freedom."--Randall Balmer, author of Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens AmericaWeary of religious conservatives urging "defense of marriage" and atheist polemicists decrying the crimes of religion? Sick of pundits who want only to recast American life in their own image? Americans are stuck in an all-or-nothing landscape for religion in public life. What are reasonable citizens to do?Seen as godless by the religious and weak by the atheists, secularism mostly has been misunderstood. In How to Be Secular, Berlinerblau argues for a return to America's hard-won secular tradition; the best way to protect religious diversity and freedom lies in keeping an eye on the encroachment of each into the other. Berlinerblau passionately defends the virtues of secularism, reminds us what it is and what it can protect, and urges us to mobilize around its cause, which is for all Americans to continue to enjoy freedom for--and from--religion. This is an urgent wake-up call for progressives in and out of all faiths. www.jacquesberlinerblau.com
This book will help and inspire those who must live with the challenges posed by any chronic illnesses, and their caregivers: the relentlessness of symptoms; coming to terms with a life of comparative isolation; weathering fear about the future; facing the judgment of others; dealing with the health care system; and, for a spouse, partner, or other caregiver, adapting to so many unexpected and sometimes sudden life changes.
If you want to be funny, this book is for you! This big book of humor and wisecracks contains hundreds of original jokes and bits of advice from Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Chock-full of knock-knock jokes, hilarious puns ("Is it true that if it takes a corner too fast, a Mercedes-Benz?"), and Jay's tips for making a career in comedy (he got his start at a MacDonald's employee talent show), this totally new joke book for the twenty-first century is an essential starting point for anybody looking to find their funny bone.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry, a new edition of the timeless paperback and audio guide that provides parents with need-to-know basics about how to communicate effectively with their children--now with additional material and workbook exercises.With more than 3 million copies in print of their beloved bestselling "parenting bible" (The Boston Globe) How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish's down-to-earth, respectful approach to parenting has improved the lives of countless families across the world. Now, the authors' wisdom and advice is collected in this concise, new edition of How to Be the Parent You Always Wanted to Be--an essential paperback and audio guide to their widely embraced and empowering methods of parenting--uniquely designed for busy parents on-the-go. Featuring fresh stories, illustrations, and exercises to sharpen your parenting skills, Faber and Mazlish address struggles parents face every day: How do we foster mutually respectful relationships with our children? How do we encourage their self-confidence and mitigate their anger? How do we communicate effectively in a culture saturated with put-downs, threats, bullying, and negativity? Loaded with practical wisdom and proven communication techniques, Faber and Mazlish share simple skills that make relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.
How to Be Your Own Literary Agent takes the mystery out of book publishing for any writer, published or not. Richard Curtis -- a top literary agent for more than thirty years -- provides a comprehensive practical overview of the publishing process, from submissions to contract negotiations to subsidiary rights to marketing, publicity, and beyond. He also gives away trade secrets and invaluable wisdom -- candid advice that can be found nowhere else. Now completely revised and expanded, How to Be Your Own Literary Agent is essential reading for all writers.* Big publishers, small publishers, self-publishers, e-publishers: how to keep up in a rapidly changing business * The new breed of busy literary editors: how to find them and know what they're looking for * What the electronic revolution means to you, and how to take advantage of it * How to know your "publishing" rights and negotiate effectively * How to have a say in your book's design, jacket, and promotion * How book chains and superstores have altered publishing -- and what that means for you
When luck gives a new kid a false reputation as a tough guy, can he find the strength to live up to his image? Rodney Rathbone is a self-admitted coward. Things scare him, and he can't help it. So naturally he's terrified when he moves to a new town and the bully is ready to pounce. But just as Rodney is about to flee, a baseball flies in from out of nowhere and knocks out the bully. Now everyone thinks Rodney's invincible--when really he feels just the opposite. Can he figure out how to live up to his new reputation and make friends along the way? Told with warmth and heart, this debut novel from a middle-school teacher will speak to the hidden insecurities--and strengths--of every middle-grade reader.
What can I know? What am I? Why am I here? How should I behave? What is to come of me? The way you answer these questions will tell you a lot about yourself. And if you ask others these questions, their answers will tell you a good deal about them, how they think, and what they value. Of course, if you persist in asking these questions, others may think you've become a really good pain in the ass. According to the author, you shouldn't be insulted by such a reaction, but treat it as a mark of distinction. For it means you've learned to think critically. In this witty, incisive guide to critical thinking the author provides you with the tools to allow you to question beliefs and assumptions held by those who claim to know what they're talking about. These days there are many people whom we need to question: politicians, lawyers, doctors, teachers, clergy members, bankers, car salesmen, and your boss. This book will empower you with the ability to spot faulty reasoning and, by asking the right sorts of questions, hold people accountable not only for what they believe but how they behave. By using this book you'll learn to analyze your own thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, and why you act on them (or don't). This, in turn, will help you to understand why others might hold opposing views. And the best way to change our own or others' behavior or attitudes is to gain greater clarity about underlying motives and thought processes. In a media-driven world of talking heads, gurus, urban legends, and hype, learning to think more clearly and critically, and helping others to do the same, is one of the most important things you can do.
The author describes his experience as a diagnosed schizophrenic and then examines the medical model of schizophrenia, which he believes to be seriously flawed.
Looking to jumpstart your GPA? Most college students believe that straight A's can be achieved only through cramming and painful all-nighters at the library. But Cal Newport knows that real straight-A students don't study harder--they study smarter. A breakthrough approach to acing academic assignments, from quizzes and exams to essays and papers,How to Become a Straight-A Studentreveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a sim...
Peterson's How to Become a U.S. Citizen is the perfect resource to help you pass the U.S. citizenship exam with flying colors! Learn about the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship, eligibility requirements, and what's involved in becoming naturalized. Follow step-by-step guidance on applying for U.S. citizenship. Prepare with practice questions for each portion of the new naturalization test, including civics and English speaking, reading, and writing.Selling Points:1. Peterson's How to Become a U.S. Citizen offers readers the resources and expert guidance needed to become a U.S. citizen and to master the NEW naturalization test, which went into effect in October 2008.2. Readers will find comprehensive information on the naturalization application (including citizenship requirements) and ways to prepare for the test, the naturalization interview, and the English and civics tests.3. Five multiple-choice practice civics tests with answers and explanations, plus 100 practice civics questions, with answers-the exact questions that may be asked during the real oral exam.4. Anyone thinking about becoming a U.S. citizen will find detailed information on the U.S. immigration system, including essential facts regarding visas (immigrant versus non-immigrant), green cards, and U.S. immigration laws.5. Sample forms--filled in and blank--allow readers to practice and become familiar with what information is required and what is needed to properly submit the forms, including a complete list of mandatory fees.
How to Become a U.S. Citizen: The Naturalization Process, part of Peterson's How to Become a U.S. Citizen, takes you through the steps of Naturalization--from application to becoming a citizen. Naturalization requirements are discussed, as well as how to best prepare for the naturalization interview and tests. Information is offered on assembling the N-400 packet is provided. Details on the English Test and the Civics Test. and sample filled-in forms are provided--along with a real-life story of Emilia, who immigrated from Chile, as she goes through this part of the naturalization process. A chapter on the English and Civics Tests offers essential vocabulary words for both tests and tips on studying for the Naturalization Test. You will also find two important documents: the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution--to help in your preparation efforts toward becoming a U.S. citizen.
Become a Player in the Business of Video Game ArtEvery year video games generate billions of dollars and some of the most dynamic and engaging artwork today. It's an ever-growing field that holds great professional opportunity, but you need the right skills and savvy if you want to stake your claim. In How to Become a Video Game Artist, veteran video game designer Sam R. Kennedy provides the inside track on everything you need to forge a career in the world of video game art. Starting with the basics of game creation and a look at the artistic skills necessary to get started, Kennedy spotlights specific, key roles for creators--from concept artists to character animators to marketing artists and beyond. Each chapter features screenshots from popular video games like Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and World of Warcraft; interviews with video game art professionals who've worked for top gaming companies like BioWare, Blizzard, and Ubisoft; step-by-step examples of actual game art; and detailed breakdowns of the training and portfolio samples you'll need to make these jobs your own. For anyone who wants to go from gamer to game designer, this book contains all the secrets you'll need to rise to the top of one of the most exciting industries of our time.
Nadia is new in town and totally unpopular with everybody including the boy of her dreams. It should be a simple problem for Genny to solve but what happens when the boy of Nadia's dreams is also the boy of Genny's dreams?
When her beloved dies in battle, Lady Lydia Daughtry assumes she'll never love again. Until a deliciously handsome duke awakens a part of her she never knew existed. But how can she have such feelings for Tanner Blake, who is a constant reminder of all she has lost?Tanner Blake, duke of Malvern, promised his dying friend he'd take care of his "dearest Lyddie." So how dare he covet the lush, lovely young woman for himself-especially since he is all but betrothed to another? His solution: find Lydia a suitable husband immediately. But when both their lives become fraught with mystery and danger, Tanner's vow becomes intensely personal...renewing his desire to keep Lydia by his side forever.
Are you in love - or addicted? How to know when to call it quits ... and how to find the courage to do it.
Nine brave, wise, and spellbinding stories make up this award-winning debut. In "When She is Old and I Am Famous" a young woman confronts the inscrutable power of her cousin's beauty. In "Note to Sixth-Grade Self" a band of popular girls exert their social power over an awkward outcast. In "Isabel Fish" fourteen-year-old Maddy learns to scuba dive in order to mend her family after a terrible accident. Alive with the victories, humiliations, and tragedies of youth, How to Breathe Underwater illuminates this powerful territory with striking grace and intelligence.
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