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Alan Groombridge, manager of a tiny bank and doomed to a life of domestic boredom and tedious routine, kept going only because of his one fantasy: stealing enough of the bank's money to allow him just one year of freedom, one year in which to live a different sort of life. Then one day the bank was robbed, the manager and cashier disappeared, and a nightmare began.
From the most popular routines and the most ingenious physical shtick to the snappiest wisecracks and the most biting satire of the last century, MAKE 'EM LAUGH illuminates who we are as a nation by exploring what makes us laugh, and why. Authors Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor draw on countless sources to chronicle the past century of American comedy and the geniuses who created and performed it-melding biography, American history, and a lotta laughs into an exuberant, important book.Each of the six chapters focuses a different style or archetype of comedy, from the slapstick pratfalls of Buster Keaton and Lucille Ball through the wiseguy put-downs of Groucho Marx and Larry David, to the incendiary bombshells of Mae West and Richard Pryor . And at every turn the significance of these comedians-smashing social boundaries, challenging the definition of good taste, speaking the truth to the powerful-is vividly tangible. MAKE 'EM LAUGH is more than a compendium of American comic genius; it is a window onto the way comedy both reflects the world and changes it-one laugh at a time.Starting from the groundbreaking PBS series, the authors have gone deeper into the works and lives of America's great comic artists, with biographical portraits, archival materials, cultural overviews, and rare photos. Brilliantly illustrated, with insights (and jokes) from comedians, writers and producers, along with film, radio, television, and theater historians, MAKE 'EM LAUGH is an indispensible, definitive book about comedy in America.
From the front cover flap: "Ricky Biscayne is a sexy Latin singing sensation who has topped the charts and taken the pop world by storm. He's also stormed into the lives and dreams of the women who orbit him: Milan, Ricky's new publicist, smart as a whip and chubby as only a girl who still lives at home with her parents can be. Geneva, Milan's sister, as lean and chic as Milan is not; her Club G promises to be Miami's hottest new thing. Jasminka, Ricky's gorgeous Serbian model wife, who might finally eat a little something now that she's pregnant. Irene, a firefighter whose high-school romance with Ricky was the last love in her life; currently she's eking out an existence for herself and her daughter, Sophia. Sophia, who is beginning to suspect that she and Ricky Biscayne look a little too much alike. Jill Sanchez, an omnivorous media-manic Latina star who has crossed over from CDs to perfume, clothes, and movies." Satirical and amusing; not everything is as it seems to be; explicitly unromantically described sex; obscenities.
The author has taken a look at more traditional recipes and divided their preparation into several parts so that the busy homemaker can prepare them, if not in their entirety, at least to some point at which the dish can be set aside, and continued again closer to dinner time, without harming the final outcome of the recipe. In many cases, all parts of the dish can be completed entirely in advance.
Make It Easy, Make It Light offers a tempting array of quick, light dishes for the taste-conscious, time-conscious, and health-conscious cook. The "light" approach to cooking is a sensible return to balance and the basic foods that made up the traditional American diet before processed and fast foods became a way of life. The author provides more than 200 recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, and entrées that are rich in flavor and nutrition while low in fat, sodium, sugar, and calories. Entrées range from Rock Cornish Game Hens Glazed with Cranberry Chutney and Baked Fish with Papaya Salsa to a selection of pizzas, pastas and calzone. Fresh baked breads and savory desserts, such as Hot Strawberry Soufflé and Italian Lemon Cheesecake are included as well, and accompanied by calorie counts.
Many designers enjoy the interfaces seen in science fiction films and television shows. Freed from the rigorous constraints of designing for real users, sci-fi production designers develop blue-sky interfaces that are inspiring, humorous, and even instructive. By carefully studying these "outsider" user interfaces, designers can derive lessons that make their real-world designs more cutting edge and successful.
Sixth grader Matthew Martin gets a little too "wrapped up" in his Egypt Unit Project in this reissue of a popular Paula Danziger story.
Kent Nerburn's Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, immerses us in the spirit of one of the most universally inspiring figures in history: St. Francis of Assisi. The Prayer of St. Francis boldly but gently challenges us to resist the forces of evil and negativity with the spirit of goodwill and generosity. And Nerburn shows, in his wonderfully personal and humble way, how we each can live out the prayer's prescription for living in our everyday and less-than-saintly lives. "Where there is hatred, let me sow love...Where there is injury, let me sow pardon..." Expanding upon each line of the St. Francis Prayer, Nerburn shares touching, inspiring stories from his own experience and that of others and reveals how each of us can make a difference for good in ordinary ways without being heroes or saints. Struggling to help a young son comfort his best friend when his mother dies, moved by the courage of war enemies who reconcile, being wrenched out of self-absorbed depression by responding to someone else's tragedy, taking a spirited old lady on a farewell taxi ride through her town-these are the kinds of everyday moments in which Nerburn finds we can live out the spirit of St. Francis. By incorporating the power and grace of these few lines of practical idealism into our thoughts and deeds, we can begin to ease our own suffering-and the suffering of those with whom we share our lives. And, remarkably, find a way to true peace and happiness by tapping into our basic human goodness. As we open our hearts and embrace his words, St. Francis "touches our deepest humanity and ignites the spark of our divinity." Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love, Where there is injury let me sow pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light, And where there is sadness, joy... In this beautifully written book, Kent Nerburn leads us into the heart of the St. Francis Prayer and line by line demonstrates how St. Francis's words can resonate in our lives today.
Rake Thomas Boulton no sooner decides to abstain from pleasures of the flesh than he meets the most arousing woman hes ever encountered. Widow Olivia Trent is clever, confident. . . and determined to beat him at the game of seduction. She challenges him to play sensual games until one of them pleads to be bedded. Thomas is sure he will soon have Olivia at his mercy or will he be the one forced to beg?
A treasure trove of more than 25 great projects, simple enough for beginners but irresistible to all. Practical yet pretty hand and sewing machine projects are an ideal way to create gifts with lasting impact. Packed with ideas, needlecraft techniques, step-by-step instructions and handy tips to make it fun and easy. With ideas for you and your home, from beautiful bags to vibrant cushions, everyone will find a project they adore.
Professor Drew Bennett is thrilled when he learns he'll get the chance to promote his latest book, Beyond Eliza Doolittle, on national television. . . even if it means getting involved in reality TV. But still, how hard can it be? All he has to do is turn five country bumpkins into ladies. Too bad Drew doesn't know that he's the prize. . . . Tori Lyons only agreed to embarrass herself in front of a nationwide audience in order to fulfill a not-quite-deathbed promise. But she's going to be the first to leave--she'll make sure of it. But that's before she falls head over heels in love with the sexy professor. And realizes that if she plays the game right, Drew's heart is the one thing she can't possibly win. . . .
Mariah Eller was only trying to save her inn from being trashed. So how did the widow manage to attract the unwanted-and erotic-attention of the Prince of Wales? Not that being desired by royalty is necessarily bad. . . Only, Mariah much prefers the prince's best friend. . . . Jack St. Lawrence is very tempting, and very loyal. And he knows that the prince gets involved only with married women. So he figures sexy Mariah is safe. . . until the prince demands Jack find her a husband! The problem? Jack and Mariah can't fight their sizzling attraction. And once they give in to their desires, the situation is even worse. Because the prince's man has found a husband for Mariah. Himself . . .
What do a dog whistle that doesn't sound, a knife wielding killer at the opera and a poisoner and gun-attacking murder have in common? Captain Duncan Maclain, the blind detective must get to the bottom of these three exciting mysteries. In the Silent Whistle, he must discover who killed the young movie manager and where the money has gone. In the Melody in Death, who is killing with a knife the people at the Opera, and in the Murderer Who Wanted More, who is killing off people in the family and why is Bonnie the next target?
3 full-length Hercule Poirot novels: Appointment with Death, Peril at End House, and Sad Cypress.
If you could ask for a miracle right now, what would it be? We've all had situations in our lives that seem beyond our control or that have no clear remedy. In this concise, inspirational guide, bestselling self-help guru Melody Beattie shows us that we have the ability to make a miracle for almost any circumstance we're facing. Beattie, a trusted counselor for millions of readers, has shared her own stirring stories of overcoming obstacles and dealing with life's tragedies for more than twenty-five years. In Make Miracles in Forty Days she now offers the ultimate distillation of what she knows about gratitude, surrender, and connecting with our essential power. She challenges us to be more present each day and details a six-week action plan, the Miracle Exercise, to jump-start transformation in our lives. After completing a series of activities, we'll establish what miracles we'd like to create, and then she'll walk us through practicing this innovative exercise alone, with a partner, and even with our children. Beattie instructs us to be thankful for everything in our lives and for how we're really feeling; we need to express gratitude for what we have and who we are, not just for our obvious blessings. It is crucial that we are grateful for recognizing what is upsetting and bothering us. Through acknowledging the pain that we're feeling, we can excise any denial or resistance that is holding us back. As we progress over the forty days, instead of feeling lost, numb, or confused, we'll become more conscious, aware, and alive. Our miracle will begin to materialize. Along the way, Beattie reveals her own experiences of making miracles, individually and through working with a partner, and those of the participants in her Miracle Workshop. She shares moving stories of overcoming hardship and finding acceptance and forgiveness, and inspires us to move forward with a renewed vigor for life.
Make: Projects DIY Coffee: Coffee Roaster, Bottomless Portafilter, Toaster Tea Popper, Hot on the Spot, Automate Using X10by Mark Frauenfelder
DIY Coffee collects five hot MAKE magazine projects to supercharge your java: Home-Built Coffee Roaster Bottomless Espresso Portafilter Toaster Tea Popper Perfect Espresso Temperature Hack Web-Fired Coffee with X10 Automation Got a jones for caffeine and technology? Mod your espresso machine to dial in the perfect shot, with precise temperature control and a filter hack that kicks out maximum tasty crema. Roast your own with a hand-built custom coffee roaster. Hack a toaster timer to perfect-brew your tea every time. And fire up your coffee pot from the internet using X10 automation. Using home-grown techniques and off-the-shelf parts, caffeine junkies will find everything they need to overclock the fix from their favorite shade-grown beverage.
Bachelor Surprise! Upon learning a casual fling had resulted in a bundle of joy, Greg Chandler felt compelled to go under cover and find the kid-just to make sure it was well cared for.But that was before he saw Mikelle Bennet, the sexy widow who had adopted "Jamie." Before he'd held his son in his arms. Before his fatherly fate was sealed...Mikelle was suspicious of the newest guest at her Nantucket inn. The only local color he seemed interested in was baby blue! And why was a confirmed bachelor suddenly fascinated by warm bottles and baby booties? Greg's charm and sheer masculinity stole her heart. But was it also his intention to steal her son?
Using fathers' first-hand accounts from letters, journals, and personal interviews along with hospital records and medical literature, Judith Walzer Leavitt offers a new perspective on the changing role of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s. She shows how, as men moved first from the hospital waiting room to the labor room in the 1960s, and then on to the delivery and birthing rooms in the 1970s and 1980s, they became progressively more involved in the birth experience and their influence over events expanded. With careful attention to power and privilege, Leavitt charts not only the increasing involvement of fathers, but also medical inequalities, the impact of race and class, and the evolution of hospital policies. Illustrated with more than seventy images from TV, films, and magazines, this book provides important new insights into childbirth in modern America, even as it reminds readers of their own experiences.
Patty is adopted into the Baker family, which already has twelve children, and she must share a room with Hilary, another eight-year-old who resents her.
Write Scenes that Move Your Story Forward InMake a Scene, author Jordan E. Rosenfeld takes you through the fundamentals of strong scene construction and explains how other essential fiction-writing techniques, such as character, plot, and dramatic tension, must function within the framework of individual scenes in order to provide substance and structure to the overall story. You'll learn how to: Craft an opening scene that hooks readers and foreshadows supporting scenes Develop various scene types - from the suspenseful to the dramatic to the contemplative - that are distinct and layered Tailor character and plot around specific scene types to better convey the nuances of your storyline Create resonating climactic and final scenes that stay with readers long after they've finished your work
Despite considerable investment in resources and tools, many companies struggle to meet the demand for the talent they require. Make Talent Your Business\u201d gets to the heart of the matter: Managers themselves are in the best position to help people learn from experience (the uncontested major source of development) and shows managers how to do it by using the five practices that work for managers who are exceptional at building talent. This set of practices goes well beyond the usual managerial coaching and performance management. It moves the focus from performance today to development of skills that truly "raise the game" of employees--skills such as in-the-moment judgment, customer relationship building and collaborative decision-making. Managers who grow talent enhance their own reputations and get better results, retain people, attract talent and make their organizations more agile and capable to deal with future challenges.
Every teacher, every school, and every class is unique, but there are certain things that successful students have in common no matter where they are. Everyone needs to prioritize well, stay organized, and know how to study for different topics, but actually managing to achieve those goals isn't easy or straightforward. Make the Grade dissects the school week as students actually experience it-and offers realistic solutions to common problems, from difficult teachers and over-booked schedules to boring homework and the endless variety of (more enjoyable) distractions. Inside you'll also find: Sidebars that offer timesaving techniques, confidence-boosting exercises, and creative ways to add new studying skills Checklists to help ensure you do everything you can to set yourself up for success Charts and maps that provide clear, concise guidance in navigating difficult subjects and planning for future obstacles
Baby Duck longs to join the swimming team. But she won't go in the water. She's scared that her arms might get tired and make her slow or that she'll swallow water. Luckily Grandpa always knows what to say and do to make Baby Duck feel better...and brave enough to take the plunge.
Introduces the history, basic skills and drills, and more complicated plays of baseball.
Introduces the basics of girls' gymnastics, including step-by-step instructions in the vault, floor exercise, uneven parallel bars, and the balance beam; tips on training and conditioning; and information about meets and competition.
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