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Before introducing the world to butts gone bad, Andy Griffiths unleashed the internationally bestselling JUST books. He continues to amuse, annoy, and totally ick out readers with this latest collection of shockingly funny stories. Join Andy in his quest to shock and annoy everyone around him. Brace yourself--here come The Playground of Doom, Girl Germs, and Andy the Robot. Each madcap adventure is more outrageous and hilarious than the last. You'll laugh so hard you'll lose your lunch!
When smart, successful, levelheaded lawyer Alexis Pearson gets blindsided by her faithless fiancé, who disses and dumps her, she decides to change everything. Gone are the trendy dreads in favor of her own soft and natural tresses. She's going to get her body, mind, and spirit in shape with tae kwan do classes -- and maybe kick some butt in the process to work out the aggression brought on by the abandonment . . . and her boss's unsubtle offers to help mend her busted heart. Of course, she never intended for it all to get out of hand -- and she certainly didn't mean to break the elbow of her first-time sparring partner, Remedy Brown. At least she got the attention of this tall, dark, and very handsome nightclub owner with the unfortunate name. And though Alexis is wary about diving recklessly too soon into the relationship fire again, she can't help wondering if sexy, warm-hearted Remedy might be a remedy for what's ailing her. But the man comes with some crazy baggage -- namely Ayzah, his estranged and deranged ex-wife, who's pure, unadulterated 'hood. And suddenly both the personal and professional lives of the "new" Alexis Pearson are about to get a lot wilder . . . and riskier.
Come Home to Harmony ... Thousands of readers have fallen in love with Harmony, the small town with the kindly spirit whose endearing and eccentric residents are like old friends. Join them for Sam Gardner's second year as pastor of his quirky flock.
From Library Journal Science writer and astronomer Rees summarizes the history of the universe, pointing out that six numbers related to basic physical constants (for example, the relative strengths of the gravitational and electromagnetic attraction) determine how the universe developed. In addition, he shows how, if these numbers were only slightly different, stars and galaxies would not form, complex chemistry would not be possible, and life could not evolve. This raises the interesting philosophical question, Why? One could dismiss the question by saying that, if it were otherwise, we wouldn't be here to ask or that there is some underlying theory as yet unknown that would show that these values must be what they are. However, Rees suggests that these numbers were set shortly after the big bang and could well have been different. Indeed, there may be a multitude of other universes, forever inaccessible to us, in which they are different. Thus, with a huge choice of possible universes, one must exist that could support intelligent beings who can observe and question. Whether one agrees or not with Rees's ideas, his book is recommended for its cogent synopsis of modern cosmologic thought. [BOMC alternate selection.]--Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUN. ---Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
Twelve stories about animals, insects, and other subjects include "How the Camel Got His Hump," "The Butterfly That Stamped," and "How the Alphabet Was Made."
One of the world's greatest storytellers weaves together an unforgettable collection of animal tales, including how the camel got its hump, how the leopard got its spots, and how even a butterfly stamping his leg can change a man's life. Initially written for his own "best beloved," Just So Stories was published in 1902. It has been a favorite for the past century and is certain to be cherished by generations to come.
Get a concise introduction to Spring, the increasingly popular open source framework for building lightweight enterprise applications on the Java platform. This example-driven book for Java developers delves into the framework's basic features, as well as advanced concepts such as containers. You'll learn how Spring makes Java Messaging Service easier to work with, and how its support for Hibernate helps you work with data persistence and retrieval. Throughout Just Spring, you'll get your hands deep into sample code, beginning with a problem that illustrates dependency injection, Spring's core principle. In the chapters that follow, author Madhusudhan Konda walks you through features that underlie the solution. Learn dependency injection through a simple object coupling problem, along with different injection types Tackle the framework's core fundamentals, including beans and bean factories Dive into containers and other advanced concepts, such as event handling and autowiring beans Discover how Spring makes the Java Messaging Service API easier to use Learn how Spring has revolutionized data access with Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC) Use Spring with the Hibernate framework to manipulate data as objects
Parents are often perplexed by their children's typical behaviors and inevitable questions. This down-to-earth guide provides "Tips and Scripts" for handling everything from sibling rivalry and the food wars to questions about death, divorce, sex, and "whyyyy?" Betsy Brown Braun blends humor with her expertise as a child development specialist, popular parent educator, and mother of triplets. Whatever your dilemma or child's question--from "How did the baby get in your tummy?" to "What does 'dead' mean?" to "It's not fair!"--Betsy offers the tools and confidence you need to explain the world to your growing child.
Jeffrey Post runs away to the island and so his cousins -- sisters Mary Rose and Jo-Beth find themselves in an unexpected adventure as they search for him.
Felicia Parker is a successful newspaper columnist with a Rolodex full of celebrity connections-and zero social contacts. When a glitzy society event requires bringing a date, she hires an escort, and the tall, stunningly handsome man who arrives makes even romance-shy Felicia want to get up close andverypersonal. John Ashton Underwood is a high-powered CEO looking for a stable, traditional partner, not a jet setting reporter known to half of New York. Their worlds, not a jet-clash, but the scorching attraction between them could burn up the pages....
Doing the right thing -- it can be the toughest test of all. Making choices. That's what college is all about. True or false? A, B, C, or none of the above. But sometimes you can't find the answer in a book. You have to search your heart. Charley Stern has popped the question, and now it's up to Casey to make her decision. The future is in her hands... but what does it hold? Stephanie has her hands full, too, trying to get her father's attention. Money can't buy love, but who knows what a credit card can do? Nancy, meanwhile, has found a cause -- animal rights -- and a cause for concern. But the movement may be headed in the wrong direction, leading Nancy into a trap!
Rule #1 of meeting Mr. Right: Be yourself...Suddenly, secretary Britt Kingsley wasn't typing, filing and answering phones anymore. Thanks to dark sunglasses, a wig and a sexy dress, she was a brand-new woman-and hobnobbing with the world's most gorgeous eligible bachelor.Who would believe that plain old Britt with her big dreams would be kissing a man like Derek Redmond long into the night? Certainly not Mr. Right himself-who didn't even know she existed....
From the dust jacket: Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming a professional football player. Brady has always followed her lead, including becoming a member of the church's "Celibacy Circle." Now in his senior year at college, the smart, and very handsome, Brady is a lead contender for the Heisman Trophy and a spot in the NFL. As sports agents hover around Brady, Barrett, a beautiful and charming cheerleader, sets her mind on tempting the celibate Brady and getting a piece of his multimillion-dollar fortune-but is that all she wants from him, and is she acting alone?
Meg Sugarbaker is living a secret life. By day she's a pastry chef. By night she's the notorious Desiree Moon, acclaimed online sex-toy critic. Which wouldn't be so bad if she had some experience. But she's about to get some-big time. Because when gorgeous Nick Devereau shows up at her door wearing nothing but a towel, all Meg wants to do is play with him....Ultraconservative lawyer Nick Devereau is still wondering how he ended up at a sex-toy convention! He was just trying to straighten out his brother, Ron. Instead, he'd been talked into helping Ron expose Desiree Moon-the critic panning Ron's products-as a fraud. Only, once Nick sets eyes on Desiree, his plans take a radical turn. Yes, he'll still do his best to expose Desiree. But he'll be keeping her sexual secrets to himself....
Is this the right book for you? Take the TRICKING TEST and find out. 1) Do you ever pretend that you are dead to get out of going to school? 2) Do you like to ring up people you know and pretend to be someone else? 3) Do you leave banana skins in the middle of busy footpaths? 4) Do you own any of the following items: fake dog poo, rubber vomit, gorilla suit? 5) Do you wish that every day could be April Fools' Day? SCORE: One point for each 'yes' answer. 3-5 You are a practical joking genius. You will love this book. 1-2 You are a good practical joker. You will love this book. 0 You are not a practical joker. You are what practical jokers call a 'victim'. You will love this book.
" I' I'm very rich. I have an extremely interesting offer for you." Kate Lerner, a Chicago radio host, cannot believe what she's reading when the letter comes. It's from her deadbeat ex-husband, Richard, who disappeared fifteen years ago when their son, Danny, was still a toddler. Not a word, not a dollar has come Kate's way in all that time... until now, when this despicable man has the audacity to come back into her life. What does it mean? And even though she could surely use some financial help, does Kate really want to find out? Her twin sister, Karen, says of course. Even David, the new man in her life, says of course. But when Kate finally hears what Richard has to say, she decides that his outlandish proposal is worth one innocent lie to her family. But one lie inevitably leads to another, triggering a chain of events that completely turns her carefully constructed world upside down.
Adrenaline junkie Lily Peterson is no stranger to taking chances. She's been there, hiked/rafted/skied that. But that was before an accident nearly put her out of commission for good. Now, after months in physiotherapy, this former firefighter has a new motto: look before you leap. It's not as much fun, but it works. Still, it's killing her that she has to start all over again, more slowly this time. But she's going to do whatever it takes. After all, her latest job guiding a simple hiking trip through the Sierras hardly qualifies as risky. That is, until she looks at hiker Jared Skye - and wants to leap into his bed. And if she's lucky, he'll take things slowly, too. . . ;.
Pray for Todaytells Barb Rogers' story of her climb out of poverty by praying every day. The book shares the invaluable lessons she learned as she listened for the answers to her prayers and shows readers how to pray simply and honestly, how to expect answers, and how to listen to them when they come. "I think,"writes Rogers, "one of the most potent prayers ever uttered is 'God help me!' . . . If the best you can do on a daily basis is say those three words, you will be amazed at the difference it can make in your life. You may not be in control of many things in your life, but you are in control of the light switch, of staying connected to a God of your choosing through prayer. " Pray for Todayis a book readers will reach for again and again to find comfort and the power to cope.
Turn "Yuck!" into "Yum!" How often do you find yourself begging or bribing your child to eat? Every parent experiences the frustration of picky eating, but how do you know if it's just a passing phase--or cause for concern? Pediatric nutritionist Linda Piette has the answers that will help you solve the frustrating problem of infant, toddler, and preschooler mealtimes. Filled with insightful and inspiring stories of many children's struggles with food,Just Two More Bites!gives concrete help to frustrated parents with real-life answers for how to handle day-to-day food struggles. Inside, Piette will also tell you: * How to make food more appealing to children * Why your child loves a food one day and rejects it the next * How to spot food allergies and digestion problems * Mealtime Do's and Don'ts Just Two More Bites!will revolutionize mealtimes in your home and help you and your child enjoy food and develop a lifetime of healthy eating habits.
In a companion volume to Merlin's Tour of the Universe, here is a completely new collection of questions and answers about the cosmos for stargazers of all ages. Whether waxing about Earth and its environs, the Sun and its stellar siblings, the world of light, physical laws, or galaxies near and far, Merlin--a fictional visitor from Planet Omniscia--is easy to understand, often humorous, and always entertaining.Merlin fields a wide range of questions from many curious mortals, and in so doing draws on his own vast knowledge as well as the expertise of many close friends, including Archimedes, Galileo, Einstein, and Santa.So far, Merlin has not been stumped, responding to questions on mysteries such as: If aliens exploded our moon, what effect would it have on us? What are your thoughts on the theory that a star named Nemesis is circling our solar system and was responsible for killing off the dinosaurs? Is it true that if I leave a container on my roof for a period of time, I can actually collect space particles from outer space?Delightfully illustrated throughout, Just Visiting This Planet is a skywatcher's book for lovers of the universe by one of its brightest lights.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Do you bounce so high on your bed that you hit your head on the ceiling? Do you ever look in the mirror and see a wild-eyed lunatic staring back at you? Do you often waste your time taking crazy tests like this one? If you're not completely crazy yet, you will be by the time you finish this book. Written by Andy Griffiths and starring. . . Andy Griffiths, this madcap collection of outrageous adventures and outlandish illustrations may drive you over the edge of sanity -- but it will be worth it!
"She goes a long way with her book to prove that humor is the best -- possibly the only -- way to keep the world on an even keel."CHICAGO SUN-TIMESRemember the things Mother used to say? Erma Bombeck remembers them all and now she's using them on her own kids! With clever illustrations by Bob Keane, these really funny, too-true observations on family and kids and why it shouldn't work but does, is a wonderful antitdote to the daily problems and crises that every family faces. With Erma Bombeck in your corner, laughter is the best coach you can have....From the Paperback edition.
Familiar faces and places meet fresh twists and turns in this enthralling novel from acclaimed author Pearl Cleage. Atlanta's West End district has always been a haven and home to a coterie of unique characters--artists and thinkers, dreamers and doers. Folks here know one another's names, keep their doors unlocked, and look out for their neighbors. Anyone planning to sell drugs, vandalize, or rob a little old lady should think twice before hitting this part of town. And Blue Hamilton, West End's unofficial mayor and longtime protector, will see to it that you do. Blue wears many hats here, including adored husband to Regina, dear nephew to Abbey, and doting father to Sweetie and another little one on the way. Blue is also the man you pay your respects to if you're looking to set up shop in this urban enclave--just ask Serena Mayflower, whom Blue sees striding down Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard wearing skin-tight black leather pants, thigh-high boots, and bright red lipstick. This tall, slender, ethereally beautiful woman and her four equally striking sisters make up the Too Fine Five, a quintet of international supermodels who have arrived in town for an Essence magazine photo shoot. But Blue's gut tells him that there's more to these Mayflower mademoiselles than their affection for full moons and Bloody Marys. With the help of his beloved Regina and their close friends and relations in West End, Blue vows to uncover the women's secret intentions--and prove once and for all that there is no greater force on earth than the power of love. A mesmerizing slice of not-so-everyday life, brimming with wicked wit and spiced with a few supernatural surprises, Just Wanna Testify showcases Pearl Cleage's masterly storytelling at its soulful and satisfying finest.From the Hardcover edition.
Jean Bethke Elshtain advocates "just war" in times of crisis and mounts a reasoned attack against the anti-war contingent in American intellectual life. Advocating an ethic of responsibility, Elshtain forces us to ask tough questions not only about the nature of terrorism, but about ourselves. This paperback edition features a new introduction by the author, addressing the Iraq war and other events in the Middle East.
Analysis of the demands arising from the terror of 9-11.
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