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A comprehensive biography of J. K. Rowling, the author of the famed Harry Potter books. Follow Joanne as she grows up, becomes married, gets published and lives life as one of the richest people in Britain.
When Joey Rubin stumbles upon a group of elderly women swimming in a lake one freezing January morning, she thinks they must be mad. But then they dare her to come in... Joey, an overworked New York architect, is in the Cotswolds to oversee the restoration of Stanway House - the stately home that inspired J.M. Barrie to write Peter Pan. It hasn't been easy. The local residents aren't exactly welcoming, and then there's the problem of the brooding caretaker, a man who seems to take every opportunity to undermine her plans. She soon begins to feel that she can't do anything right. Until, that is, she discovers the J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society and begins to take a daily dip with them in their own private Neverland. For Joey, meeting Aggie, Gala, Lilia and co. is a life-changing experience, the beginning of a friendship that will transform her in the most remarkable of ways...emarkable ways. In this delightful novel, Barbara Zitwer brings to life unforgettable characters who learn from each other despite their differences. Written with warmth, humor, and a good dose of fun, The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society will touch the heart of anyone who has ever found friendship in an unlikely place.
In 2003, South African writer J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his riveting portrayals of racial repression, sexual politics, the guises of reason, and the hypocrisy of human beings toward animals and nature. Coetzee was credited with being "a scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization." The film of his novel Disgrace, starring John Malkovich, brought his challenging ideas to a new audience. Anton Leist and Peter Singer have assembled an outstanding group of contributors who probe deeply into Coetzee's extensive and extraordinary corpus. They explore his approach to ethical theory and philosophy and pay particular attention to his representation of the human-animal relationship. They also confront Coetzee's depiction of the elementary conditions of life, the origins of morality, the recognition of value in others, the sexual dynamics between men and women, the normality of suppression, and the possibility of equality in postcolonial society. With its wide-ranging consideration of philosophical issues, especially in relation to fiction, this volume stands alone in its extraordinary exchange of ethical and literary inquiry.
The first and only biography of J.P. McCarthy. Mike Shiels, J.P.'s producer, delivers a revealing, humorous and insightful look at the radio legend. We hear stories from "Studio D," the Focus show, his boating, golfing and charities. J.P. was the "Great Voice of the Great Lakes" and millions of listeners woke up with him every morning. He informed them, entertained them, and charmed them. Now J.P.'s "back at the microphone" and his loyal listeners will treasure this chance to meet the man they loved and supported so much.
A fresh approach to the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
J.W. McConnell (1877-1963), born to a poor farming family in Ontario, became one of the wealthiest and most powerful businessmen of his generation - in Canada and internationally. Early in his career McConnell established the Montreal office of the Standard Chemical Company and began selling bonds and shares in both North America and Europe, establishing relationships that would lead to his enormous financial success. He was involved in numerous businesses, from tramways to ladies' fashion to mining, and served on the boards of several corporations. For nearly fifty years he was president of St Laurence Sugar and late in life he became the owner and publisher of the Montreal Star. McConnell was an indefatigable and formidable fundraiser for the YMCA, the war effort of 1914/18, hospitals, and McGill University, where he served as governor for almost three decades. In 1937 he established what would become The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the first major foundation in Canada and still one of the best endowed. J.W. McConnell was a principled and brilliant visionary with a strong work ethic and a deep commitment to the public good, a Rockefellerian figure in both big business and high society who quietly became one of the greatest philanthropists of his time. His life story - told in uncompromising detail by William Fong - is a study of raising, spending, and giving away money on the grandest scale.
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition.When managers, marketers, and small business owners outline their social media strategies, they plan for the "right hook"--their next campaign that will produce profits. Even companies committed to "jabbing"--creating content for consumers and engaging with customers to build relationships--still desperately want to land the powerful, bruising swing that will knock out their opponents or their customers' resistance in one tooth-shattering, killer blow. Right hooks, after all, convert traffic to sales. They easily show results and return on investment. Except when they don't.In the same passionate, streetwise style his readers have come to expect, Vaynerchuk is on a mission to strengthen marketers' right hooks by changing the way they fight to make their consumers happy, and ultimately to compete. Thanks to the massive change in and proliferation of social media platforms in the last four years, the winning combination of jabs and right hooks is different now. Communication is still key, but context matters more than ever. It's not just about developing high-quality content; it's also about developing high-quality content that's perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devices. It's about truly engaging with customers, not by shouting at them over social media but by using new narrative forms particular to each different media platform--especially, though not exclusively, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a blueprint to social media marketing strategies that really work.
But his music was a reminder, too, of the mischievous pranks Jabutí sometimes played. His song reminded Tapir of being tricked, Jaguar of being fooled, and time and again it reminded Vulture that he had no song at all. When a concert takes place in heaven, Vulture offers to fly Jabutí there . . . all the while plotting a trick of his own.
It had been a long journey to Tenerife just to learn that the job she had been going to had folded, so rather than return home, Lorian decided to look for another position. But after accepting one from the austere Don Ricardo Ferrano, Lorian began to wonder if she had done the right thing after all!
Jack Nicholson is one of the longest-lasting and most recognized sex symbols of our time. This sizzling biography goes deep in-depth, relating exclusive interviews with past flames and flings, to shed light on the unique charisma and magnetism of one of America's most respected and desired movie stars. Among the startling revelations: A longtime girlfriend who describes Jack's reaction when he at last discovered the long-buried, dark secret of his childhood Jack's notorious penny-pinching, such as the time he came home from a movie set with a doggie bag of catered Mexican food The woman Jack "shared" with Robert Evans and Warren Beatty The night Christina Onassis, who'd had a fling with Jack in Los Angeles, got mad at him for seducing a girl in her party at Xenon The beauty queen who was still married to drug dealer Tom Sullivan when she was drawn to Jack The beautiful, talented costar who showed up at Jack's house at 1 A.M. and what happened when live-in girlfriend Anjelica Huston answered the intercom The night Steve Rubell ran around Studio 54 saying, "We got to keep Ryan O'Neal and Jack Nicholson away from each other. There's going to be a big fight." Why Rebecca Broussard refused him when Jack asked for her hand in marriage in 1993, even after having two children with him Why Katharine Hepburn's goddaughter still loves Jack and has spent years looking for a man who can measure up to him Diane Keaton's reaction to Jack passing gas during filming of a love scene for Something's Gotta Give Jennifer Howard, who found Jack's lovemaking "very oomph! He knows what he's doing. You can kind of just let go. Let him le-e-e-ad the way!" In Jack, Edward Douglas offers us a provocative, fascinating portrait of the man, the legend, the star: Jack Nicholson.
Biography of John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie.
When Wishbone returns to find the ball he accidentally left in Joe's third grade classroom and must face a big, scary custodian, he imagines himself as Jack, the boy who met a real giant.
Cracking the so-called security system at the Roseanova estate seemed like a surefire way for Jack Santini to prove to the royal family that he was the only candidate for the chief-of-security position. But he hadn't counted on waking up a golden-haired princess -- and a beautiful one at that! Karina Roseanova thought the brooding bodyguard who scaled her balcony was the perfect man to break her free from the confines of her ivory tower and show her the ways of the real world. Before long, her irresistible girlish wonder gave way to a love beyond her wildest dreams. But what would it take for this gruff commoner to win a place in the royal family? Silhouette Romance #1655
Jack and the Princess Cracking the security system at the Roseanova estate seemed like a surefire way for Jack Santini to prove to the royal family that he was the man for the chief-of-security position. But he hadn't counted on waking up a beautiful, golden-haired princess! Karina Roseanova thought the brooding bodyguard who scaled her balcony was the perfect person to free her from the confines of her ivory tower and show her the ways of the world. Before long, Karina's irresistible girlish wonder gave way to a love beyond her wildest dreams. All she had to do was convince her family that this gruff commoner was her one and only prince! Betrothed to the Prince Princess Tianna had no intention of honoring her lifelong betrothal to Prince Garth Roseanova. But when she arrived to disengage herself from the playboy prince she'd never met, she ended up going undercover as a nanny-to protect the abandoned baby girl who might be the man's illegitimate heir! Dashing Prince Garth was nervous around the child, but her sweet cooing soon won him over, just like her beautiful nanny. Before long, he and Tianna were drawn together, propelled by forces beyond their control. But could their fairy-tale romance survive the shocking truth?
Detailed descriptions of over 150 radio and TV programs, a section on his historic 'radio feud' with Fred Allen, reprints of scripts, and critical analyses of his work by the curators of the museum.
This is the story of a master entertainer. "Where do you start the story of a man you love? Of a man you mourn, and yet every time you think of him, a smile lights up your heart despite an occasional moistening of your eyes? Of a man who has enriched your memory with so many heartwarming moments that every anecdote you think of reminds you of another before you're half through telling it? You can't catalogue the over thirty years you've known him in precise chronological order. Something that caused you to laugh with him when you first met him, casually, in 1939, causes you to laugh at a related incident in 1974. So for the most part this book will not proceed in day-to-day chronology as a formal biography would. It will skip months and years and sometimes blend two anecdotes separated by a quarter of a century. Yet, like the hundreds of pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle, they will all fit together, eventually giving you, I hope, a complete picture of a warm, humorous human being you will remember." Other books about Jack Benny are available from Bookshare.
Four years of war and even more years of trying to save the family estate have knocked the daredevil out of Jack Compton. Seeing Lady Chancellor joyously dancing the Charleston brings his passion for life back full force! As luck would have it, this wealthy heiress is drawn to him. But pride is a powerful thing. Unwilling to be branded a fortune-hunter, will Jack choose honor over love?
Lynchburg is famous for whiskey... Jack Daniel Whiskey. But who was this little man? And how did he come to make the finest whiskey in the world? Here's his story: In the rolling hills of Moore County, Tennessee, you will find The Jack Daniel's Distillery. It has been in existence for over 125 years. The area was originally part of Lincoln County where Jasper Newton Daniel (later called "Jack") was born on September 5, 1846, the youngest of 10 children. Jack's mother died when he was just a baby. Several years later his father remarried. Jack never got along with his stepmother and left home at the age of 6 to live with a nearby uncle. As a young boy he was befriended by Dan Call a local minister and storekeeper. He took Jack under his wing and trained him to work in the store. But Jack was not happy working there. He had a keen interest in the "still house" which was located on the property. Making whiskey at that time in that area was an acceptable practice though it was never consumed on Sundays. Dan promised Jack he could come to the still house whenever he wanted and he would teach him the art of making the world's best whiskey... made the Lincoln County way. In 1861, the war came to Lincoln County. Jack was too young to serve so remained as an apprentice to Dan Call, learning the sour mash method and perfecting the unique method known as the "Lincoln County Process." In 1863 after hearing a fiery sermon on the evils of alcohol, Dan Call's wife, along with their entire congregation, called on Dan to make "a serious decision regarding being a minister and operating a distillery." Rev. Call decided to sell his business to his young apprentice, Jack Daniel. Upon hearing of the availability of a particular piece of land near Lynchburg, Jack moved his operation there. This area contained the perfect situation for brewing excellent quality whiskey: the pure spring water from the limestone cave and the sugar maple trees that grew in abundance nearby. The War Between the States was over and Jack realized the Federal government would soon be taxing his products. Thinking ahead, Jack at the age of 16, took the step of being the first distillery to register with the United States government. You will see to this day the words "Oldest registered distillery in the US" on every Jack Daniel's label. The secret of the Lincoln County Process is based on the tedious filtering of the whiskey through charcoal produced by the sugar maple tree and, of course, the wonderful pure spring water. No chemicals are used in this natural fermentation process. In 1904 Jack secretly entered his brew in the St. Louis World's Fair. He completed with older, more established products from Europe. Amazingly, he won the Gold Medal for the Best Whiskey in the World! In 1905 he won another prestigious award in Belgium. He now had customers around the world and Jack Daniel Whiskey was famous! He continued running the successful business until a freak accident ended it all. One day, in frustration, he kicked a safe in his office, which wouldn't open and crushed his toe. It later became gangrenous and his health declined during the next 6 years leading to his death in 1911. Jack Daniel never married and had no children. He left the distillery to his nephew, Lem Motlow. Lem expanded the business and it was then handed on to his sons. Though the company was sold in 1956, the Motlow Family is still majority owner and continues to operate and manage the company. All these years the distillery has never suspended operations and to this day it is located in a "dry" county. You can't buy whiskey for consumption in Lincoln County. However, Miss Mary BoBo's Boarding House always serves a dish containing the local hometown "product" at every meal.
Another funny mystery from bestselling author Nancy Krulik! Our big school trip was at the end of the week, and I couldn't wait! But someone kept playing pranks at school, including dyeing the class guinea pig green. I love a good practical joke, but Principal Bumble threatened to cancel the trip if the pranks didn't stop. I knew what I had to do--talk to the animals around school to get some clues. That's right--I can talk to animals. It sounds crazy, but it's true. Now it was up to me and my brainiac friend Elizabeth to solve this mystery in time to save our trip!
Another funny mystery from bestselling author Nancy Krulik! When a giant shark tooth fossil went missing during my little sister Mia's birthday party at the aquarium, I found myself in really deep water -- the aquarium staff accused me of stealing it! No way would I steal something, even if it was a cool fossil. What I could do, though, was talk to the animals at the aquarium to find out who the real thief was. My brainiac detective partner Elizabeth and I would have to work fast to clear my name before the end of the day!
From a bestselling author with intimate knowledge of CIA tradecraft comes an electrifying novel of terrifying possibilities -- a story of betrayal and secrets that could implode America's war on terrorism ... and a nightmarish conspiracy firmly rooted in the very highest levels of our nation's government.
"What was he like?"Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. With the verve of a novelist, Chris Matthews gives us just that. We see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.What was he like, this person whose own wife called him "that elusive, unforgettable man"? The Jack Kennedy you discover here wanted never to be alone, never to be bored. He loved courage, hated war, lived each day as if it were his last.Chris Matthews's extraordinary biography is based on personal interviews with those closest to JFK, oral histories by top political aide Kenneth O'Donnell and others, documents from his years as a student at Choate, and notes from Jacqueline Kennedy's first interview after Dallas. You'll learn the origins of his inaugural call to "Ask what you can do for your country." You'll discover his role in the genesis of the Peace Corps, his stand on civil rights, his push to put a man on the moon, his ban on nuclear arms testing. You'll get, more than ever before, to the root of the man, including the unsettling aspects of his personal life. As Matthews writes, "I found a fighting prince never free of pain, never far from trouble, never accepting the world he found, never wanting to be his father's son. He was a far greater hero than he ever wished us to know."
John Fielding was famous not only as co-founder of London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, but also as a magistrate of keen intellect, fairness and uncommon detective ability. When a crime was committed, he often took it upon himself to solve it. What made this all the more remarkable was that he was blind. Now the blind magistrate and his young assistant and ward, Jeremy Proctor, face a baffling pair of deaths. A lord dies suddenly while attending a concert. A disembodied head washes up on the banks of the Thames. While investigating both, Sir John and Jeremy will learn more than they ever cared to about family, greed, deception... and the peculiar nature of homicide, high and low.
The bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate has compiled his first collection of essays, a richly textured and detailed combination of literary criticism, political invective, and historical meditation.
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