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An ex-cop's habits die hard.... Savvy, streetwise former cop Mali Anderson left the NYPD with a lawsuit and a lot of bitterness. Now she's on her way to a master's in sociology, living with her jazz musician father and mothering her orphaned nephew, Alvin. As Mali walks past the stylish town houses of Harlem's Strivers Row to meet Alvin at his rehearsal with the Uptown Children's Chorus, she hears a child's panicked screams--and witnesses a struggle. Mali thwarts the child's abduction, but as the car roars away, she finds a body in the street. The dead man is her friend Erskin Harding, tour director of the Chorus.The memory of her friend and the peril of her nephew drive Mali to track down the killer. It's a search that will take her from a gossip-filled beauty parlor to a dark, decaying crack house and--as anonymous warnings escalate into violence--could even lead her to her grave.From the Paperback edition.
In the successful tradition of Dafina's Drama High comes a fresh, hip novel following urban teens as they struggle to balance family, school and relationships in the hood. With a bootylicious body and a face that would put any model to shame, Toi McKnight had all the cuties coming her way - but popularity came at a price, and now Toi is the 17-year-old mother of a baby boy.
If you could send a letter back in time to yourself, what would it say? Following in the tradition of the bestsellingWhat I Know NowTM comes a new collection that will speak directly to young women. Editor Ellyn Spragins asked women under forty to write letters to the girls they once were, filled with the advice and insights they wish they'd had when they were younger. Readers will recognize familiar names as well as meet new voices in these wonderfully candid missives, including: author Hope Edelman; actress Jessica Alba; Olympic soccer gold medalist Julia Foudy; activist Zainab Salbi; actress Danica McKellar; and author Plum Sykes. A perfect gift at graduation or for any important young woman in your life,If I'd Known Thenoffers rare glimpses into the personal stories of extraordinary young women-and will inspire readers to live their best lives.
If you want to find your soul mate, you first have to know yourself. If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? offers intelligent, practical, and engaging guidance to singles looking to improve their romantic relationships--by getting to know their own past patterns and relationship needs. Guided at every step by Page's 10 strategies for better self-knowledge, readers will find quizzes, case studies, and anecdotes from the author's decades of experience as a counselor to both couples and singles. Each aspect of the book is tailored to help readers figure out what they really want--and learn not to settle for less.If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? has been translated into 22 different languages, and this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of its debut. Offering advice that's positive, compassionate, and effective, this book will help readers understand their own romantic motivations and find the partner they're looking for.ABOUT THE AUTHORBest-selling relationship author Susan Page has been counseling both singles and couples on their romantic lives since 1980. She holds a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Early in her career, she worked as Director of Women's Programs at the University of California at Berkeley, establishing the first university-based human sexuality program in the country.An in-demand international speaker, Susan Page has traveled to over 26 states as well as Canada, Korea, Mexico, and Australia to speak on relationship topics. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Montel Williams, Donahue, and dozens of other television and radio shows nationwide. Her work has been showcased in People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Glamour, New Woman, McCall's, and many other national publications.Page also served as a consultant to writer/director Gary Goldberg on the romantic comedy Must Love Dogs, released in 2005.
The author of "Nice Couples Do" reveals the exciting role each of the five senses plays in uninhibited, imaginative love making. Divided into sections that specifies each sense, this guide is presented in the easy-to-read format of erotic case studies, interspersed with playful suggestions to sexually recharge a relationship. (May)
Seventh grader Alice's life couldn't be better. She has two fabulous best friends, a boy from the football team who seems to like her, and she has just been chosen to be on the junior high cheerleading squad. But then Yoon Jun moves to town, and because he is Korean, like Alice, her father tries to make her be friends with the new boy. But Alice thinks Yoon Jun is kind of a dork and can't figure out why she should have to be friends with him simply because they happen to come from the same country. Alice was a baby when her parents adopted her and brought her to the U.S. so she doesn't remember anything about Korea and considers herself 100% American. But then Alice and Yoon Jun are assigned to work on a project together for their school's International Day, and Alice discovers that spending time with Yoon Jun might not be so terrible after all.
If It Takes a Village, Build One: How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service and 100+ Ways You Can Tooby Malaak Compton-Rock
A must have book for anyone has ever wanted to make a difference in the world. ________________________________________________ Service is the rent we pay for living" says preeminent children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman and this is the motto by which Malaak Compton Rock, dedicated humanitarian and wife of comedian Chris Rock, lives her life. From a childhood grounded in the importance of giving back to her work in public relations at The U. S. Fund for UNICEF to becoming a full-time mother and humanitarian, Malaak's life has fully embodied this sentiment. Part memoir, part practical guide,If It Takes a Village, Build Oneoffers readers insightful advice on everything from how to find just the right volunteer opportunity, how to get kids involved in a life of service, how to research charities, and even how to start a nonprofit, as Malaak did several years ago. All of this practical wisdom is grounded in inspirational anecdotes about her own experience with service, including her work with Katrina rebuilding and her recent brainchild, Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service, a program for at-risk kids from Bushwick, Brooklyn, which takes teens on a two week service mission to South Africa to volunteer and experience the world. The book also features interviews with other well known humanitarians, like PR powerhouse Terrie M. Williams, activist Bobby Shriver, and journalist Soledad O'Brien and engaging sidebars with interesting facts about service and nuggets of advice. At the end of the narrative readers will find a compendium of information including Malaak's favorite charities, unique service ideas, and suggested reading and web resources, which will make this a book to be visited time and time again. Far from being preachy or sanctimonious, Malaak's warm voice reminds us all that giving back is ultimately easier and infinitely more fulfilling than we thought it could be. Warm, honest, and accessible,If it Takes a Village, Build Onewill be the must-have book (and perfect gift!) for aspiring do-gooders.
A hilarious swipe at husbands, honeymoons, tennis elbow, marriage, lettuce, the national anthem, and a host of other domestic dilemmas.
Madison Adair didn't witness her famous mother's brutal murder. But she saw it. Saw the gloved hand. . . felt the knife strike. . . knew her mother's terror. That was a lifetime ago. But the nightmares have returned; only, this time they're of a faceless serial killer stalking women in south Florida. A killer she can't see but who knows she is watching. Surrounded by her family, Madison knows she should feel safe, but she doesn't. And how much can FBI agent Kyle Montgomery protect her, when he can't let go of the past they've shared?Madison is Kyle's only link to the killer, but can they find the truth before the killer strikes again? Because sometimes, it's what--or who--you can't see that holds the greatest danger. . . .
Bailey Weggins, the very clever and the very irreverent true crime writer for leading women's magazine Gloss, is dragged into a murder by her editor-in-chief boss from hell. Cat Jones interrupts Bailey and her lover in the early hours of the morning, demanding that Bailey find her son's nanny, missing from the morning roll call. Bailey arrives at the townhouse and finds the nanny's dead body amidst see-foam towels, vomit, and a golden box of truffles. Death by chocolate becomes literal as forensics soon reveals a garden-variety poison. As Bailey looks into who killed the nanny, her search takes her from the swankiest Connecticut suburbs to Bucks County weekend parties. She discovers that Cat, not the nanny, may have been the intended target of the poisoned candy, and everyone becomes a suspect-especially the catty editors at Gloss, many of whom have it in for the chocoholic boss from hell. Then Bailey uncovers that this may be a conspiracy to do away with all the editor-in-chiefs of women's magazines. The police are on the case, but it is Bailey who closes in on the killer-and learns just what people will do to protect their reputation.
The Wakefield sisters are determined to keep their New Years resolution. Even if it kills them. Identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield have always considered themselves best friends, but lately they've been acting more like best enemies. So they make a New Year's resolution: no more arguing or disagreeing about anything. Jessica forces herself to gush over Elizabeth's new blouse, even though it's the dweebiest thing she's ever seen. Elizabeth pretends she's thrilled to run into Jessica and her Unicorn Club friends at the movies, even though the Unicorns are the snobbiest girls on the planet. And when adorable Eric Weinberg moves to Sweet Valley, the twins decide they canbothhave crushes on him. Jessica and Elizabeth will always be sisters ... but will they always be best friends?
Readers have asked for more from Chicago talk show cohost Michelle McKinney Hammond-especially women from her huge following of Christian singles. If Men Are Like Buseswill pick them up where two previous bestsellers left off, with counsel that is both enjoyable and instructional. "The mood of the book is conversational, scriptural, with a touch of humor," Michelle says. "It's the kind of book I wanted but couldn't find, so I had to write it!" Singles have been waiting too long to be caught up by human love. When they halt their pursuit and let God's love catch their hearts, they'll be on board for the greatest discovery of all-His true purpose for them. Is Your Love Life Stuck in Traffic? Most single women have heard the old adage "Men are like buses. If you miss one, there's always another one coming. " But satisfied single and relationship expert Michelle McKinney Hammond asks, How do you recognize the right bus? And if you didn't learn anything when the first bus passed you by, how can you be sure you'll catch the next one? The key isn't simply flagging down the right bus-it's being the right kind of passenger. Mingling lively humor with scriptural principles, Hammond uses God's blueprint to show how you, too, can move beyond being justinterestedto beinginteresting. By developing a victorious, purposeful, and outrageously fulfilling life, you'll naturally be on your way to your desired destination! *** "Hop on the bus for a joyride. If only this book had been available when we were single, we would have saved ourselves a lot of fretting. " Susan Wales, author ofA Match Made in Heaven,booksI and II "Michelle teaches singles how to find fulfillment and love during their season of singleness. " Dr. Don Raunikar, psychologist, speaker, and author ofChoosing God's Best Story Behind the Book Singles often put the cart before the horse and lose perspective on what is truly important in life. From one single to another, I've made it my mission to realign the thoughts of singles back to the basics of living victoriously by prioritizing their lives according to God's design. As singles become purposeful individuals, they will find themselves in the right position for meeting the right partner. Purposeful singles are happy, fulfilled people who are whole and ready for the awesome task of becoming one with another. Furthermore, they are more discerning and able to make the right choice-or actually, take right bus!
For ages, men and women have been polarized by their psychological differences. Now, Alon Gratch helps decode and interpret male behavior. Contrary to similar books, he takes us not only into the minds of his male patients, but uses his own experiences as a therapist and a male to illustrate each chapter. He provides practical insights and useful tips on how women and men can learn to talk, and how to change men's non-verbal, action-oriented communications into the language of emotional dialogue.
Ben Joe is at college studying law when he gets a letter from his family saying one of his six sisters, Joanne, has returned home having left her husband, bringing her baby with her. Ben Joe goes home, and when he returns he remembers the past, the death of his father, his first girlfriend. He visits his father's girlfriend and then his own ex-girlfriend, Shelley. Shelley now has a boyfriend, John, but they see each other anyway, and in the interim, Joanne starts seeing John, until her husband turns up to take her home. Ben Joe asks Shelley to go back with him and marry him, so once everyone has got back to the way they were, he heads off to college again, with Shelley.
Who am I really? What do I love? What are my real needs and dreams? And if I'm not fulfilling them now, when will I? If Not Now, When? Midlife is a wake-up call that requires we pay attention to where we stand in our lives. It is a time of intense reevaluation. Yet it is also a time of immense opportunity from which every woman can emerge a new person. Now in one of the first books to address the spiritual, emotional, and psychological dimensions of the midlife transition, acclaimed family therapist Stephanie Marston acts as a "midwife" to help women make it the extraordinary and transformative rite of passage it can be. Culled from interviews she conducted with women at every stage of midlife, as well as her own personal story, Marston shows us that now is the time to reclaim our long-neglected passions and dreams. Now is the time to find our own voice and rediscover our strengths. Now is the time to recognize a more authentic self beyond the roles of wife, mother, and career woman.<P>Far from glossing over the unavoidable challenges of midlife, Marston shares her own and other women's struggles and triumphs. You'll meet women who em
Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a winter's night a traveler (Only the first word is capitalized, a facet of the book's contents) turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambiance, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.
A stunning debut about one girl's journey through loss and grief. Corinna's world is crushed after her mother dies of cancer. How does she get through the funeral, trays of ziti, a father who can't communicate, the first day of school, Mother's Day, people who don't know what to say, and the entire eighth-grade year? Despite her alienation from many of her peers, including her best friend, she succeeds in finding support. She dares to bare her innermost fears, hurts, and wishes, and even allows herself to have a flowering crush on a boy in the school band. She also finds out deep secrets about her mother which she never knew. It's a year that will change Corinna's life forever.
A night of love they'll never forget... Cydney Rayne likes living dangerously. But no thrill can compare to the passionate night she spends with a sexy stranger in Anguilla. The adventure-seeking event planner never expects to see her mystery lover with the sea-blue eyes again. Until he shows up in her Chicago hometown. FBI agent Shawn Miles lives by his credo to honor, protect...and never get emotionally involved. Yet he can't forget the sensual beauty who shared his midnight beach utopia-and changed his life forever. Rekindling their desire could blow his deep cover and expose her to the dangers surrounding him. But now that they're back in each other's arms, how can he ever let her go?
If you spend a lot of time thinking about "what might have been," you're not alone. In If Only, Neal Roese, Ph.D., one of the world's top scientists studying regret, shows us that thoughts about what might have been are practically unavoidable. In fact, they are produced spontaneously by the brain with a very practical goal--to guide us toward improvement. But the same thoughts can bring the pain of regret. Is it worth the pain to get the improvement? Or should you live life with no regrets? Luckily, it's not a package deal. The surprising message of If Only is that we can manage our regret style to maximize the gain and minimize the pain. In an entertaining and upbeat book that weds lively science writing to practical self-help, Dr. Roese mines the research and shares simple strategies for managing your life to make the most of regret. You'll learn: *Don't Over-react.You may react to a regrettable situation by taking many fewer chances. Don't. This only ensures that you will miss out on new opportunities. *Think Downward. Consider the downward alternatives. How could a bad situation have gone even worse? This makes you feel appreciative of what you have. *Do It. If you decide to do something and it turns out badly, research shows that it probably won't haunt you down the road. (You'll reframe the failure and move on.) But you will regret the things left undone. *Regrets are Opportunities Knocking. Our brains produce the most "if only" thoughts about things in our lives that we can still change. So consider regret as a signal flashing: It's not too late! If Only also shows that "if only" thinking plays a huge role across our lives, from how best to buy, to why we enjoy movies, how juries decide, and the way we choose someone to love. If Only opens a new window into the way our minds work and offers clear lessons for living more happily with the past. "Fifteen years of research have been combined into a list of the top four biggest regrets of the average American: * not getting more education * career regrets * regrets in love * not spending enough time with kids The list is essentially a summary of the biggest traps, pitfalls, and mistakes into which people like you might blunder. Look over the list and try to identify areas of your life that represent the greatest vulnerability to future regret. And act now to avoid regret later." --from If Only.
If you spend a lot of time thinking about "what might have been," you're not alone. In If Only, Neal Roese, Ph.D., one of the world's top scientists studying regret, shows us that thoughts about what might have been are practically unavoidable. In fact, they are produced spontaneously by the brain with a very practical goal--to guide us toward improvement. But the same thoughts can bring the pain of regret. Is it worth the pain to get the improvement? Or should you live life with no regrets?
The co-authors draw on over thirty years of experience to show young therapists how and how not to conduct psychotherapy. Each chapter begins with a vignette illustrating a common mistake, then describes the error in detail, explains why therapists make the mistake and offers tactics for avoiding it.
Designer clothes. Gorgeous boys. Family secrets. Major drama. They don't call it Hotlanta for nothing! Twins Sydney and Lauren Duke are the privileged princesses of the Atlanta social scene. Prim-and-proper Sydney may be unlucky in love, and wild-child Lauren may have lost her best friend, but the girls still have the world at their Jimmy Choo-clad feet. But an unsolved murder mystery keeps drawing them back to the wrong side of town. There, Lauren has to risk everything to protect the boy who's stolen her heart. And Sydney discovers details about their family's past that no one--least of all the girls' fiercely guarded mother--wants to face. When the twins realize what they're up against, can they deal with the dark, dangerous truth?
If you could spend one whole night alone with anyone in history, whom would you choose? If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, which would you like it to be? If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit? If your plane were about to crash and you had time to write one quick note, to whom would you write, and what would you say? If you could run any single company, institution, or organization in the world, which would you choose? These are but a few of the five hundred provocative queries from If ... (Questions for the Game of Life). If ... can be a wonderful after-dinner parlor game; it can serve as an icebreaker between new acquaintances; it can even help you better understand yourself, your dreams and aspirations, and the mysteries of life. After the hours of inquisitive thoughts and revelations inspired by If ... (Questions for the Game of Life), you'll wonder, "If I had never picked up this book, what would have happened to me?"
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