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KT's friendship with her two best friends is threatened when KT is selected for the talented and gifted program at school.
Dan and his mother, Carol, live in a two-bedroom apartment. When Carol announces that they are going to have company for awhile, Dan is not pleased--it means that he has to give up his room. The company turns out to be Carol's friend Kay and her three-year-old son Jimmy. "Aunt Kay" is getting divorced and she needs to find a job before she can rent an apartment. Life is tough in such cramped quarters, especially since Kay is a chain smoker and little Jimmy is a very active child. Dan tries his best to be patient, but is frequently frustrated. Petersen has brought out some of the difficulties of single parenting in this story, but maintains a light touch throughout. (Grades 3-5)
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1850. "How do I hate thee? How much time do you have?" - Joan Rivers, today, about two-ish. Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She's also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted, a.k.a. boring, ex-child stars who don't even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes. Here - uncensored and totally uninhibited - she give the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, Joan doesn't hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.
Third-grader Katie Carew gets into trouble for breaking school rules, but when she magically turns into the school's principal and eliminates all rules, things get out of hand. Includes directions for playing Four Square, Statue Tag, and Poison.
Some women, it is said, like to cook. This book is not for them. It's for those of us who want to fold our dishwater hands around a dry martini instead of a wet flounder. Also contains a collection of 75 household hints, along with 180 recipes, sprinkled generously with spiced wit and savory comments.
For five 30-something women, the only obstacle to marriage is. . . datingEva: Forget the dog. Eva is Man's Best Friend, with a pedigree of potentials-turned-pals to prove it. Frances: Since her nasty divorce, she's avoided the romance rat race for two years too long. Wendy: She's been given a diamond ring. . . by another woman's husband. Ariel: A serial dumper - she cuts loose any man who tries to get too close. Michelle: She thought she'd wed The One, and can't believe she's suddenly a SWF ISO (Single White Female In Search Of). . . again. Enough!Together, they form a support group to turn their woes to wins, and discover the darnedest truth: Dating ain't so bad. . . ;when your girlfriend's got your back.
William Gay firmly established himself as "the big new name to include in the storied annals of Southern Lit" (Esquire) with his debut novel, The Long Home, and his critically acclaimed follow-up, Provinces of Night. Like Faulkner's Mississippi and Cormac McCarthy's American West, Gay's Tennessee is redolent of broken, colorful souls hard at work charting the pathos of their interior lives. His debut collection, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down, brings together what Gay's dedicated readers are eager for and what new readers will find the perfect introduction to his world: thirteen stories that are mined from this same fertile soil teeming with the grizzled, everyday folk that Gay is famous for bringing to life. In these pages readers meet old man Meecham, who escapes from his new nursing home only to find his son has rented their homestead to "white trash"; Quincy Nell Qualls, who not only falls in love with the town lothario but, pregnant, is faced with an inescapable end when he abandons her; Finis and Doneita Beasley, whose forty-year marriage is broken up by a dead dog; Bobby Pettijohn, who is awakened in the middle of the night by the noise and lights of a search party looking for clues after a body is discovered in his backwoods. William Gay expertly sets these conflicted people who make bad choices in life and love against lush back-country scenery, and somehow manages to defy moral logic as we grow to love his characters for the weight of their human errors. Diverse as these tales are, what connects them is the powerful voice of a born storyteller.
On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation's past.
An inspiring portrait of a man who changed the course of American history.
A concise and convenient presentation of the most memorable writings and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foreword by Coretta Scott King.
The I Have a Life Bride's Guide is a perfect purse-size guide for women who are pressed for time--and patience--and just want a book the boils the details of planning a wedding down to the nitty-gritty, without all the fluff. This no-nonsense guide shows savvy brides how to: - De-stress and stay cool at all times- Balance wedding plans with a full-time job- Steer clear of unnecessary expenses- Cut to the chase in deciding where the ceremony and reception will be held- Avoid time drains when choosing a caterer, florist, videographer, and band
After her grandfather's death, eight-year-old Sophia fulfills his last request and journeys to Greece with her mother to see the land where her roots are.
Gould finished this collection of essays after 9/11, and after his diagnosis of terminal cancer.
A young girl describes how her deaf sister experiences everyday things.
A collection of 85 essays by award-winning author Robert Cormier originally written as newspaper columns when he was a journalist. It includes commentary about people, nature, music, and movies.
There is much that puzzles Grizzard: the computer, the speech police, politics, crime, lack of patriotism... With wit and wisdom, he lets us in on his confusion. Other books by Lewis Grizzard are available in this library.
A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case. But Sean Duffy isn't easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of distraction. So, with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that's left of an American tourist who once served in the US military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles? The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twenty- something widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before. Suddenly, Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads, enough to keep even the savviest detective busy. Duffy's growing sense of self-doubt isn't helping. But, being a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn't let that stop him pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion.
Jean Feraca's road to self-fulfillment has been as quirky and demanding as the characters in her memoir. A twenty-five-year veteran of public radio broadcasting, Feraca is also a writer and a poet. She is a talk show host beloved for her unique mixture of the humanities, poetry, and journalism, and is the creator of the pioneering international cultural affairs radio programHere on Earth: Radio without Borders. In this searing memoir, Feraca traces her own emergence. She pulls back the curtain on her private life, revealing unforgettable portraits of the characters in her brawling Italian American family: Jenny, the grandmother, the devil woman who threw Casey Stengel down an excavation pit; Dolly, the mother, a cross between Long John Silver and the Wife of Bath who in battling mental illness becomes the scourge of a Lutheran nursing home; and Stephen, the brilliant but troubled older brother, an anthropologist who was adopted into a Sioux tribe. While building a career and raising two sons, Feraca learns empathy when she faces her brother's cancer and her mother's dementia. As she finds her voice and sense of self, her story moves far afield: a sojourn in a Benedictine monastery, a courtship through the California wine country, a dip into Dante's hell in Italy's Appalachia, an expedition in the Peruvian Amazon, a day under a huppah as she marries a Jewish scientist. Unique, eccentric, and distinctive,I Hear Voicesis a memoir that tells a universal story of a woman evolving to fully embrace her life and the world. Best of all, from the many voices in Feraca's life emerges one that will be familiar to old fans-and delightful to new ones-leaping off the written page as compelling, eloquent, and surprising as ever. Outstanding Book, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Association Winner, August Derleth Book-length Nonfiction Award, The Council for Wisconsin Writers
Birth, death, and conflict--three things you truly can't avoid. Whether it's big or small, conflict eats into productivity and makes people feel stuck. Yet solutions exist for even the toughest situations with the most intractable people. The answer lies in better communication--not just using different words, but rather learning to think differently. I Hear You supplies proven techniques for stepping outside one's point of view and seeing things from other perspectives. Sample dialogues show how this shift in thinking leads to better conversations and greatly improved outcomes. Readers learn how to: * Tell the other person's story--the cornerstone of real engagement * Look from the outside in and see themselves as others do * Recognize the role systemic factors play--and transform a conflict into a shared challenge * Overcome the defense mechanisms that derail dialogue For anyone trying to negotiate a difficult situation with a boss, colleague, employee, or client, I Hear You changes opposition into understanding and mere talk into real trust.
Who Likes a Skinny Santa?Steve Adams's heart hasn't been in the Christmas spirit ever since doctors put a stent in it and ordered him to clean up his act. No longer filling out his Santa suit or allowed to make merry, he's forgoing the holidays this year and heading to Vegas to indulge in the few vices left to him: gambling and anonymous sex.His road trip takes a detour when he encounters Chandler Tracey, who's just inherited guardianship of his five-year-old niece. Overwhelmed, Chandler's on his way to deliver Poppy to his parents. But fate has other plans and, after car trouble, Chandler and Poppy accept a ride home with Steve. Though the heat between the two men is obvious, they put it on simmer while they band together to make Poppy's Christmas as perfect as possible.Steve soon comes to believe that while Chandler is the right person to look after Poppy, someone needs to look after Chandler. Fortunately, Steve knows just the man for the job.
"I Heard you Paint Houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that is destined to become a true crime classic.
More than half of America 's pet owners consider their pet as much a part of their family as any other member and it's a fact that caring for animals improves our emotional and physical health. This puppy and dog reference manual from the experts at Woman's Day contains information on lifelong care for your dogs, including: Favorite, popular and unusual names for dogs, as well as how to choose the right breed for your lifestyle; The Ins and Outs of housebreaking, grooming and keeping your dogs healthy and happy; Puppy health care, including information about insurance and choosing the right vet; Essential tips for traveling with your dog; Green pet care, from making your own dog food to natural treatments for ailments. I Heart My Dog is your all-in-one reference for caring for your trusty companion. If you're just thinking about getting a dog or want to learn more about protecting the one you have, this reliable source will teach you everything you need to know to make doggy care affordable and easy!
Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl gets boy back... ...sort of. Ava can't see him or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.
One family's household has been in a state of disarray because of one small furry problem. Meet Houdini, an extraordinarily brilliant escapologist. No, not that Houdini. This one is a hamster. Once you meet him, you will understand that his owners just couldn't name him anything else, for his name is quite fitting. He can escape from anything--a cage or the clutches of a mean cat. While on his escapades, he causes all kinds of trouble from chewing through wires to causing a flood. But Houdini thinks it's all worth it, because he is desperate to explore the great Outdoors. But once he gets out, will he ever come back? Or will this be his final escape?From the Trade Paperback edition.
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