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Pure, hundred-proof distillation of Ellison. A righteous verbal high. Here you will find twenty of his very best stories and essays, including the four-part 'Scenes from the Real World," an anecdotal history of the doomed TV series, The Starlost, that he created for NBC; "Tales from the Mountains of Madness"; and his hilariously brutal reportage on the three most important things in life, sex, violence, and labor relations. With an absolutely killer foreword by Stephen King.
At Animal Ark, Mandy Hope helps her parents treat animals of all shapes and sizes. Even outside the clinic, Mandy can't resist helping any animal in need. But now Mandy has set off for Dorset where there's a mysterious horse being seen. Will Mandy be able to solve this mystery?
Americans like to insist that we are living in a postracial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and more insidious. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the lives of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W. E. B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. As Kendi provocatively illustrates, racist thinking did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Racist ideas were created and popularized in an effort to defend deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and to rationalize the nation's racial inequities in everything from wealth to health. While racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope.
When baseball fans voted on the top twenty-five players of the twentieth century in 1999, Stan Musial didn't make the cut. This glaring omission--later rectified by a panel of experts--raised an important question: How could a first-ballot Hall of Famer, widely considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, still rank as the most underrated athlete of all time?In Stan Musial, veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this twenty-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the kind of prestigious biographical treatment previously afforded to his more celebrated contemporaries Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. More than just a chronological recounting of the events of Musial's life, this is the definitive portrait of one of the game's best-loved but most unappreciated legends, told through the remembrances of those who played beside, worked with, and covered "Stan the Man" over the course of his nearly seventy years in the national spotlight.Stan Musial never married a starlet. He didn't die young, live too hard, or squander his talent. There were no legendary displays of temper or moodiness. He was merely the most consistent superstar of his era, a scarily gifted batsman who compiled 3,630 career hits (1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road), won three World Series titles, and retired in 1963 in possession of seventeen major-league records. Away from the diamond, he proved a savvy businessman and a model of humility and graciousness toward his many fans in St. Louis and around the world. From Keith Hernandez's boyhood memories of Musial leaving tickets for him when the Cardinals were in San Francisco to the little-known story of Musial's friendship with novelist James Michener--and their mutual association with Pope John Paul II--Vecsey weaves an intimate oral history around one of the great gentlemen of baseball's Greatest Generation. There may never be another Stan the Man, a fact that future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols--reluctantly nicknamed "El Hombre" in Musial's honor--is quick to acknowledge. But thanks to this long-overdue reappraisal, even those who took his greatness for granted will learn to appreciate him all over again.From the Hardcover edition.
Stand and Deliver gives you everything you need to know to become an incredibly poised, polished, masterful communicator. Someone who can hold an audience of 1, 10, or 1000 in the palm of your hand, from the first word you speak to them until the last. You will learn. . . - How to identify your authentic self so that you project an original and unique style - How to win over any audience in ONE MINUTE - A 5-point checklist that will make stage fright disappear - A powerful tactic for getting your listeners to act the way you want them to (works equally well with colleagues, children. . . anyone you talk to!) - The renowned "Magic Formula" technique -- a no-fail 3-step process that ensures your listeners not only remember what you say, but make immediate and positive changes based on it - The secrets to handling hostile or potentially embarrassing questions with ease and professionalism Stand and Deliver is packed with tips, strategies, and secrets you can use immediately to begin dramatically improving all of your communications. You'll be surprised and thrilled by how frequently you find yourself reaching into this amazing arsenal of techniques to help you achieve your goals, and what an enormous impact they will have on every facet of your life.
This Harlequing duet follows twins Polly and Cassie Tompkins.<P> STAND-IN BRIDE: Polly Tompkins hasn't pulled the old switcheroo with her identical twin, Cassie, since she left Pleasant Falls--never to return. And she can't think of a worse time to trade places, two weeks before her sister's wedding! But she can't say no to Cassie...and then she really can't say no to her long-lost childhood sweetheart, Michael Kennigan. Who just happens to be the groom's brother!<P> THE SISTER SWITCH: Cassie Tompkins has two weeks to sow her wild oats before marrying the most boring man in Pleasant Falls. Trading places with her freewheeling, city-dwelling twin is just the ticket. Now, if she can just find a stud to help her with those oats... And then along comes Dylan Wright, a hunk and a half who makes her feel crazy and magical--and SO not homesick!
Through their own voices and spirited calls to action, 75 of the world's most dynamic young activists share their extraordinary stories in this generation-defining collection for students, parents, teachers, volunteers, and community service leaders. Tapping into today's global youth movement where social entrepreneurship and activism merge at the intersection of business, pop culture, and nonprofit work, these stories showcase young men and women--some of whom started their efforts as early as three years of age--bringing savvy compassion and unstoppable courage to and from locations all over the world, including Africa, Pakistan, India, Peru, Colombia, Afghanistan, and the United States. Whether building freshwater wells in developing nations, fighting discrimination, saving animals, or honoring heroic soldiers, these are the young people on the frontlines, from mountain peaks to rainforests to school gardens and classrooms, changing the world for the better.
All the world loves a clown and whether you want to clown around at parties or make a living as a standup comic, comedian Judy Carter can show you how to 'do' comedy.
A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by the Lenape Indians in 1763. Historical fiction.
Journalist and suburban mom Claire Cooper suffers from panic disorder. Most of her anxieties seem irrational, nothing that can't be fixed with the help of some Xanax. But late one stormy summer night, when her husband, Sam, is away on one of his frequent business trips, Claire's fears come to life. She discovers an intruder has broken into her young daughter's bedroom. She watches helplessly as he picks up her sleeping child from her bed. Desperate to protect her family, Claire puts herself in the line of fire and utters the plea that will undo her: "Take me instead." As she drives away in the kidnapper's car, Claire fears for her children, but not for herself. And she can't help noticing the reversal in her marriage -- for the first time in ten years, Sam will not know where she is. For the next week, Claire is tied to a bed in a strange motel room, the intruder her only com-panion. She is forced to lie still and contemplate the reasons for this assault on her family. Is this just a random crime, or something more sinister? Has the shadowy past that she tried so hard to leave behind finally caught up with her? Day after day, she goes deeper into herself, reevaluating her marriage and her role as a mother, and unburying the source of her crippling anxiety. In seven days she will step out to the very brink of her soul -- perhaps never to return. A riveting debut novel that will appeal to fans of Sue Miller and Janet Fitch, Standing Still is a powerful exploration of the darker side of mother-hood and marriage.
The historical election of Barack Obama grew out of a movement led by courageous people who have defended our democracy in the face of an intense assault. From global warming, to global warring, to the global economic meltdown, people are challenging the powers that be. Standing Up to the Madness profiles the everyday people who are standing up for what they believe in and changing the world. This book offers hope and inspiration for anyone trying to make the world a more just and peaceful place, and includes practical information for how individuals can take action and effect change. Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help. Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is the mass revulsion against the killing and torture being carried out in our name? Where are the environmentalists? Where is the peace movement? The answer: They are everywhere. The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed. As the Bush administration has waged war abroad and at home, it has catalyzed a vast groundswell of political action. From African-American residents of deluged New Orleans who are fighting racism and City Hall to regain their homes; to four Connecticut librarians who refused to spy on their patrons, challenged the USA PATRIOT Act, and won; to a group of high school students who were barred from performing a play they wrote on the Iraq War based on letters from soldiers; to the first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to deploy to Iraq, charging that his duty as an officer is to refuse to fight in an illegal and immoral war, Standing Up to the Madness profiles citizens rising to extraordinary challenges. And, in the process,they are changing the way that politics is done, both now and in the future. In communities around the United States, courageous individuals have taken leaps of faith to stop the madness. They could only hope that if they led, others would follow. That is how movements are born. What begins as one, eventually becomes many. In that tradition, the authors have included the ways in which any individual can take action and effect change.
DANGEROUS HOLIDAY HOMECOMING Anchorage K-9 officer Jake Nichols returns home for Christmas to recover from the accident that almost killed him-and find a little peace and quiet. But those plans are shattered when his childhood friend Rachel Hart gets caught up in a drug-smuggling ring after her aunt is brutally murdered. Jake quickly discovers that Port Aurora is no longer the tranquil little fishing town he left behind. He promises Rachel that he'll stick around until he tracks down the killer-and vows to protect her at all costs. Both of their lives are in peril as he battles against the Alaskan winter, a ruthless criminal...and his developing feelings for Rachel. Alaskan Search and Rescue: Risking their lives to save the day
The new President (for life) of the USA has handed down her first order of business: terminate the Southern USA and Ben Raines. One million dollars is the reward.
Webb Calder fought the newcomers who rushed to claim grasslands where Calder cattle grazed. But he could not resist Lilli -- a proud and lovely young immigrant, loyal to the homesteader's cause, and to her husband. Still, a Calder kept what he had and got what he wanted. Where a man stands for what he believes, there Stands a Calder Man.
Though they were raised in the Old World traditions of their loving immigrant family, tempestuous Natasha and cool, classy Rachel are ready for a new world of love.
A compelling portrait of one of Hollywood's most invincible women, the late Barbara Stanwyck. Stanwyck was a most unusual movie star, an actress of considerable and neglected talent who continually elevated every role she had, a woman whose personal life matched the rocky road her career eventually took. Whispered to be among Hollywood's scandalous "Sewing Circle," a group of internationally famous actresses who hid their potentially career-ending lesbianism and bisexuality, Stanwyck always kept her liaisons as secretly shrouded as possible. Despite her steely resolve and her image as a take-control kind of woman, Stanwyck suffered from turbulent marriages and relationships, including her sensational marriage to, and divorce from, the beautiful and abusive Robert Taylor. Madsen offers a fresh look at this fascinating, complex screen goddess, offering provocative and shocking details from one of Hollywood's most interesting lives.
Like many twenty-one year olds, Star Wood Leigh works two jobs to make ends meet: the day shift at Talon's Nail and Tan Spa, and the night shift at Mother Pearl's Steak & Oyster Emporium. The archetypal tomboy, at home in jeans and a T-shirt, Star is guileless and beguiling, a fresh-faced beauty who knows that too much of a good thing is wonderful. A loving daughter, a good friend and a faithful girlfriend, this Florida girl gets more than her fair share of sun and fun. And then an innocent evening at a football game sets off a chain of life-altering events. One minute Star is cleaning the tanning beds at Talon's, and the next she's being primped and prodded in preparation for the front cover of a national magazine. . . Playful, bawdy and curl-your-toes sexy, STAR is an insider's look at a world of inflated egos and inflated bodies. Going far beyond the cliched air-kisses and casting couches of Hollywood, STAR shows what really happens when A-list meets D-cup, when girl becomes goddess.
The Pocket Field Guide to Star Clusters is written for practical astronomers and is intended for use at the telescope (or binoculars). It is a succinct, easy to understand guide with some good information in a concise yet easily understood format suited to actually using the book while observing. Thus this book is principally about observing star clusters - how to see them, how to find them, and how to image them. The first half dozen pages contain a brief outline in simple terms as to what star clusters are, and in the next approximately 150 pages there are two-page spreads for each star cluster that include concise, easy to read descriptions, observing notes, and facts, as well as photography/imaging notes, and suggested instruments. 'Finder' star charts help observers easily locate the cluster. Digital images (by the renowned digital imager Jan Wisniewski) illustrate the book throughout.
The wickedly handsome Grayson brothers are all grown up--but will they ever give up their bad-boy ways? Set in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Star Harbor, Elisabeth Barrett's contemporary romance novels weave sensual stories of desire and redemption. Now, with the entire series collected in one sizzling eBook bundle, there's a Grayson--or four--for all seasons. DEEP AUTUMN HEAT Worldly, famous, and notorious with the ladies, celebrity chef Sebastian Grayson had planned a weekend of fishing and relaxation with his brothers. But Lexie Meyers, a local café owner with kissable lips and a "get lost" attitude, makes him want to forget his culinary empire and create some magic with her. Sebastian fires up his charm and even dares her to join him in a televised cook-off. Lexie's been burned in the past and flings just aren't her thing. Too bad Sebastian can't resist a challenge. BLAZE OF WINTER Frustrated with her life in Boston, social worker Avery Newbridge welcomes the opportunity to help manage the Star Harbor Inn--but she doesn't count on distraction in the form of Theo Grayson. Not only does the gorgeous, green-eyed author have a talent for writing swashbuckling adventures, Theo also has a soft spot for bighearted damsels in distress. With every kiss and heated whisper Theo promises her his heart . . . if only Avery is willing to open up and accept it. LONG SIMMERING SPRING Dr. Julie Kensington remembers when the Grayson brothers were nothing but trouble. Back in high school, Cole's rugged sex appeal set her heart ablaze. Now Julie's finally ready to embrace her wild side, and Sheriff Cole Grayson--ex-military, tormented, and sexier than ever--is just the man to show her the way, unleashing years of pent-up cravings. Neither of them counted on falling in love, but together, they can overcome the past . . . and build a future. SLOW SUMMER BURN Cameron Stahl is the last sort of woman DEA agent Val Grayson ever dreamed he'd fall for. A beautiful socialite and successful entrepreneur, she's just opened her second boutique in Star Harbor. But one searing look from Val shows her exactly what's missing from her life. When Cam realizes she has the insider connections to help Val take down a major drug player, he can't stop her from putting herself in danger. But all Val cares about is saving the woman he loves before it's too late. Praise for Elisabeth Barrett's Star Harbor series "A delicious debut that leaves the reader hungry for more."--Emily March, New York Times bestselling author of the Eternity Springs series, on Deep Autumn Heat "Absolutely adorable . . . a terrific contemporary tale complete with two complex characters who have full lives separately and even fuller lives once they start their relationship."--RT Book Reviews, on Blaze of Winter "The Star Harbor series just keeps getting better and better! Long Simmering Spring delivers on all counts for heat, heart, and humor!"--New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst "If only Star Harbor were a real place; the town is charming and Barrett perfectly captures that New England beach town feel."--Heroes and Heartbreakers, on Slow Summer Burn
Conway is a gifted healer at Sector General, a hospital that treats many life forms. He is offered a promotion, but to get it, he must survive the impossible and prove his diagnosing ability.
Hamid's blind sister, Kinza is about to be sold to a beggar by their stepfather. Hamid must rescue Kinza and escape from their mountain village to safety.
Gev Carlyle does not trust his companion! The other members of his crew are dead and he is left with only a suspicious alien for company. Together they must find a way to navigate through the Flux, an interstellar travel medium that depends on the convergence of the mental and physical worlds. Is he willing to sacrifice his individual mind and become one with this cat-like creature in order to survive?
The Star Rover is the story of San Quentin death-row inmate Darrell Standing, who escapes the horror of prison life--and long stretches in a straitjacket--by withdrawing into vivid dreams of past lives, including incarnations as a French nobleman and an Englishman in medieval Korea. Based on the life and imprisonment of Jack London's friend Ed Morrell, this is one of the author's most complex and original works. As Lorenzo Carcaterra argues in his Introduction, The Star Rover is "written with energy and force, brilliantly marching between the netherworlds of brutality and beauty."This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition, published in 1915.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Lucy Stone is in the doghouse--with her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Prudence Pratt. It seems that Kudo, the Stones' misbehaving mutt, has developed a taste for Mrs. Pratt's blue-ribbon winning chickens, as well an escape artist's talent for sneaking out. With the Fourth of July coming up, Lucy doesn't want to set off any more fireworks with the crabby Prudence. Another sign that the crazy days of summer are in full swing arrives when a group of naturists--a.k.a. nudists--descends on Tinker's Cove, skinny-dipping at the pond that borders Mrs. Pratt's property, giving her something else to complain about. Worse still, the local lobstermen are upset about poachers--and suspicion falls on Mrs. Pratt's husband and son. Then the July Fourth fireworks are canceled to protect a patch of extremely rare purple-spotted lichen, and Mrs Pratt is the victim of a hit and run. Tinker's Cove is full of suspects, but none with so personal a motive as the Stones. Their feud with Mrs. Pratt has put them at risk of losing their freedom this Independence Day--unless Lucy can start things off with a bang by catching a red, white and blue killer. . . Praise for Leslie Meier and Her Lucy Stone Mysteries "Leslie Meier writes with sparkle and warmth." --Chicago Sun Times "Leslie Meier has created such a wonderful series, I always look forward to reading the next book, and I'm never disappointed."--I Love a Mystery "A truly American version of the English 'cozy.'" --Tulsa World