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Melanie's first love is the boy of her dreams--can she make the relationship last after summer is gone?Fourteen-year-old Melanie is spending the summer on Fire Island with her family when she meets Justin Hart. Handsome and mysterious, he seems as interested in her as she is in him, but insists that their relationship can only be a summer romance.After summer ends, Melanie tries to let go and starts dating another guy back home. But Justin isn't easy to forget--especially when Melanie sees him on the cover of a magazine! The star of a new show, he has clearly forgotten all about her. Or has he? Melanie is determined to get in touch with him and find out just what she meant to him last summer.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author's collection.
Jillian Ashton had been lied to, cheated on and tragically widowed. Seeing her through it all was Seth Bennedict--her brother-in-law. He'd held her, comforted her--and she'd felt the simmering of an impossible attraction. But now the fire was not just simmering, it was threatening to boil over. And she wanted it to!Seth had never forgotten the pain his brother's widow had suffered. In his dreams, he'd made love to Jillian a thousand times, but now the aching desire had grown out of control. Yet her eager passion made him uneasy. Now that Seth's fantasy had come true, the secret burden he'd been hiding from her all these years was suddenly too heavy to bear. . . .
Grief has brought them together again--will love open the door to their future? When it's an O'Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure...Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she's forgotten what it's like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O'Leary inheriting a share in her dad's successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life's possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she's not sure she can resist...A talented chef, Liam O'Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years--and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus's Taco Taxi isn't exactly what he dreamed of, but he can't desert Gus's daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure--and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu--or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?90,400 Words
See what kind of trouble Kelly Quinn is stirring up in Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan!
From the best freestyle surfer in the world, an inspiring and moving memoir about his ascendance to the top of the surfing world while struggling for most of his young life with undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome Clay Marzo has an almost preternatural gift with a surfboard. From his first moments underwater (he learned to swim at two months old) to his first ventures atop his father's surfboard as a toddler, it was obvious that Marzo's single-minded focus on all things surfing was unique. But not until late in his teens, when this surfing phenom was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, did the deeper reasons for his obsession--and his astonishing gift for surfing--become clear. Just Add Water is the remarkable story of Marzo's rise to the top of the pro surfing world--and the personal trials he overcame in making it there. Marzo endured a difficult childhood. He was a colicky baby who his mother found could be soothed only with water. Later, as he entered school, his undiagnosed Asperger's made it tough for him to relate to his peers and fit in, but his relationship with the wave was elemental. Marzo could always turn to surfing, the only place where he truly felt at peace. Unflinching and inspiring, Just Add Water is a brave memoir from a one-of-a-kind surfing savant who has electrified fans around the world with his gift and whose story speaks boldly to the hope and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
A beautifully illustrated, easy-to-navigate guide to creating contemporary watercolors, pairing full-page paintings with insights and tips for artists. Featuring 200 of the best works of young, modern watercolor painters, paired with bite-sized painting tips and art instruction, Just Add Watercolor gives aspiring artists access to information about--and examples of--top work in the medium. Artist and instructor Helen Birch breaks down each painting by techniques, subject matter, and tools, providing art enthusiasts and painters with a one-stop resource and gallery of the best that modern watercolor has to offer. Its small trim size with one painting per spread provides a bold, but user-friendly alternative to traditional, process-heavy painting instruction texts. Just Add Watercolor shines the spotlight on featured paintings, while still giving readers all the insights needed to get started painting in this popular medium.
A Lesson in Recognizing Inner Beauty. Ali Cat is a very friendly cat. And Katy thinks she is beautiful! But will the pet show judges think so too?
The stories in this edition represent the great diversity of her work, from humor to her shocking explorations of the human psyche. The tales range, chronologically, from the writings of her college days and residence in Greenwich Village in the early 1940s, to the unforgettably chilling stories from the period just before her death. They provide an exciting overview of the evolution of her craft through a progression of forms and styles, and add significantly to the body of her published work. Just an Ordinary Dayis a testament to how large a talent Shirley Jackson had and to the depth, breadth, and complexity of her writing. Though this remarkable literary life was cut short, Jackson clearly established a unique voice that has won a permanent place in the canon of outstanding American literature, and remains a powerful influence on generations of readers and writers. From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre, from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq, Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war. He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history, as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved--participants, decision makers, and victims. In his introduction to this new edition, Walzer specifically addresses the moral issues surrounding the war in and occupation of Iraq, reminding us once again that "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity."
Aster Flynn must spend all of her free time with her younger sister Lily, who is mentally handicapped. Aster desperately longs to be a normal teenager. When a cute guy takes an interest in her, Aster hatches a plan to get her workaholic mother and deadbeat dad to be the parents Lily needs.
This group of friends has been through so much after a deadly hazing ritual left friendships broken, hearts aching, and November pregnant with Josh's baby. But senior year is going well, and when the fire alarm goes off, everyone assumes that crazy Jack is trying to get out of a quiz or a test. Then he shows up at the science lab wielding an AK-47, sputtering about the need to finally be taken seriously. There's only a matter of seconds to stop a tragedy, and all eyes are searching for someone--anyone--to step up to be the hero.
"Are you out there, Mary Poppins?"James Carmichael's wryly humorous plea caught Poppy's attention as she scanned the advertisements for a new job. How could she resist applying, particularly when his voice sounded so wonderful over the phone? Though when his eight-year-old twins greeted her arrival with a flour bomb, she very nearly changed her mind! Until she saw a man and two small boys who'd forgotten how to be a family-and Poppy knew she could be just the miracle James needed....
"For those who do not believe in miracles, this book is must reading. For those who do believe in miracles, it will be a confirming blessing. I commend it with joy" Adrian Rogers, Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church
The first openly gay man to be ordained an Episcopal priest offers lesbians and gays good news about being Christian and homosexual, discussing the positive images of homosexuality in the scriptures and more.
Who Do You Ask When You Don't Have the Answers? What's a girl to do when caught between a rock and a hard place? The "hard place" is losing the use of her beloved car, and the "rock" is her immovable dad. In order to regain driving privileges, Kim Peterson's dad talks her into writing an advice column for teens in his newspaper. Kim reluctantly agrees and writes under a pen name. But as she reads letters from peers and friends, she becomes keenly aware of two things: (1) Some kids have it way worse than her, and (2) she doesnothave all the answers! Who can she turn to? Thursday, September 1 I've been saving for my own car, but my parents decided that I can only get a car if I keep a clean driving record. That means absolutely NO tickets-period-nada. And the policeman said he'd clocked me going 72 in a 55 mile zone. Oops. When Kim Peterson gets a speeding ticket, her dad offers her a way to retain her driving privileges. If she'll write the anonymous teen advice column for his newspaper, she can still get a car. So Kim becomes "Jamie" of "Just Ask Jamie. " No big deal, she thinks. She answers letters about stuff that's everyday and stuff that's not: parents, piercings, dating, drugs, depression, and people who are just users. Nothing Kim can't handle. But when a classmate is killed, the letters turn to questions about life, death, and what it all means. And Kim starts to wonder if she really does have all the answers-and if not, where to find them. The Christian faith of her adoptive family? The Buddhism of her Korean heritage? Who can she turn to-to just ask? Story Behind the Book "My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time full of sharp contrasts-love and hate, pain and pleasure, trust and doubt. Then, just as I reached my peak of questioning, rebelling, and seeking, I found God. And I found Him in a really big way! My life turned completely around and has, thankfully, never turned back. Hopefully this story will touch and change hearts-speaking to teen girls right where they live, reminding readers that God is alive and well and ready to be intimately involved in their lives right now! " From the Trade Paperback edition.
A leading cognitive scientist argues that a deep sense of good and evil is bred in the bone. From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society--and especially parents--to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Drawing on groundbreaking research at Yale, Bloom demonstrates that, even before they can speak or walk, babies judge the goodness and badness of others' actions; feel empathy and compassion; act to soothe those in distress; and have a rudimentary sense of justice.Still, this innate morality is limited, sometimes tragically. We are naturally hostile to strangers, prone to parochialism and bigotry. Bringing together insights from psychology, behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and philosophy, Bloom explores how we have come to surpass these limitations. Along the way, he examines the morality of chimpanzees, violent psychopaths, religious extremists, and Ivy League professors, and explores our often puzzling moral feelings about sex, politics, religion, and race. In his analysis of the morality of children and adults, Bloom rejects the fashionable view that our moral decisions are driven mainly by gut feelings and unconscious biases. Just as reason has driven our great scientific discoveries, he argues, it is reason and deliberation that makes possible our moral discoveries, such as the wrongness of slavery. Ultimately, it is through our imagination, our compassion, and our uniquely human capacity for rational thought that we can transcend the primitive sense of morality we were born with, becoming more than just babies.Paul Bloom has a gift for bringing abstract ideas to life, moving seamlessly from Darwin, Herodotus, and Adam Smith to The Princess Bride, Hannibal Lecter, and Louis C.K. Vivid, witty, and intellectually probing, Just Babies offers a radical new perspective on our moral lives.From the Hardcover edition.
An incurable gossip tries to learn how to keep secrets to herself Sometimes Cass just can't help herself. Tell her something personal, even something embarrassing, and before you know it, the whole school will have heard. It's not that Cass doesn't want to keep secrets--she just doesn't know how. After her bad habit lands her in a fight with one of her friends, Cass asks her family for help. Mom proposes a psychological experiment. Every time Cass manages to keep a secret, she'll get a dollar--and a lesson worth far more than that. It's easy at first, but pretty soon Cass is so full of gossip, she feels like she's going to burst. When an earth-shattering secret traps her in the middle of her two best friends, she learns that sometimes it's more important not to keep your mouth shut.
Seventeen-year-old Luke Chesser is trying to forget his spectacular failure of a love life. He practices marching band moves for hours in the hot Texas sun, deals with his disapproving father, and slyly checks out the new band field tech, Curtis Cameron. Before long, Luke is falling harder than he knew he could. And this time, he intends to play it right. Since testing positive for HIV, Curtis has careened between numbness and fear. Too ashamed to tell anyone, Curtis can't possibly act on his feelings. And Luke--impulsive, funny, and more tempting than he realizes--won't take a hint. Even when Curtis distances himself it backfires, leaving him with no idea how to protect Luke from the truth. Confronting a sensitive topic with candor and aplomb, acclaimed author J. H. Trumble renders a modern love story as sweet, sharp, and messy as the real thing, where easy answers are elusive, and sometimes the only impossible thing is to walk away. Praise For J. H. Trumble's Don't Let Me Go"A sexy, vibrant, and heartfelt debut. " --Martin Wilson, award-winning author of "What They Always Tell Us" "Deeply moving. . . will be appreciated by adults and teens alike. " --"Publishers Weekly," starred review"A charming story. Trumble's love for the characters is evident on every page, and it's contagious. " --Robin Reardon, author of "A Secret Edge"
From international bestselling author Cathy Kelly, a heartwarming story of three sisters who are about to discover that -- even within a close-knit Irish family -- looks can be deceiving. Look at them go!In the Irish Country town of Kinvarra, the Miller girls are generally perceived to have it all. Single mother and brilliant attorney Stella looks like a Renaissance Madonna and is about to get a second chance at love. TV soap opera writer Tara has just married the love of her life -- the charming Finn -- after a whirlwind six-month romance. And shy, beautiful Holly is living an enviable bohemian life, with artistic friends and a beautiful apartment where her creative talents find an outlet. Have there ever lived three more fabulous sisters?Now look more closely. The Miller girls' mother, Rose -- calm, elegant, and unchanging -- is about to celebrate her fortieth wedding anniversary. But as plans for the party of the decade take shape, it's revealed that nothing in the lives of Rose and her daughters is as it seems. And as the secret heartaches the four women have kept hidden from each other begin to emerge, they're set to discover whether they're strong enough to handle the truth -- and whether greater happiness awaits them still.
#1 bestselling author Karen Kingsbury tells the heartwrenching story of Cody Gunner, a widower fighting for stability, and the woman who wants to help him trust again--even when trust is the most terrifying thing of all.Still aching over his wife's death, Cody Gunner can't bear the thought of also letting go of his Down's Syndrome brother, Carl Joseph. Cody wants his brother home, where he will be safe and cared for, not out on his own in a world that Cody knows all too well can be heartless and insecure. So when Carl Joseph's teacher, Elle, begins championing his independence, she finds herself at odds with Cody. But even as these two battle it out, they can't deny the instinctive connection they share, and Cody faces a crisis of the heart. What if Elle is the one woman who can teach Cody that love is still possible? If Cody can let go of his lingering anger, he might just see that sometimes the brightest hope of all lies just beyond the clouds.
#1 bestselling author Karen Kingsbury tells the heartwrenching story of Cody Gunner, a widower fighting for stability, and the woman who wants to help him trust again--even when trust is the most terrifying thing of all. Still aching over his wife's death, Cody Gunner can't bear the thought of also letting go of his Down's Syndrome brother, Carl Joseph. Cody wants his brother home, where he will be safe and cared for, not out on his own in a world that Cody knows all too well can be heartless and insecure. So when Carl Joseph's teacher, Elle, begins championing his independence, she finds herself at odds with Cody. But even as these two battle it out, they can't deny the instinctive connection they share, and Cody faces a crisis of the heart. What if Elle is the one woman who can teach Cody that love is still possible? If Cody can let go of his lingering anger, he might just see that sometimes the brightest hope of all lies just beyond the clouds.
"Mike Farrell made an uncompromising commitment to his fiercest passion--a love of global fairness, collaboration, and civility. This is a fascinating account of that journey."--Governor Mario CuomoWith a new introduction by Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell offers inspirational and often humorous reflections on his path to fame and progressive activism in his memoir, which became a Los Angeles Times bestseller and drew tremendous national media attention.Best known for his eight years on M*A*S*H and five seasons on Providence, Mike Farrell is also a writer, director, and producer. He has served on human rights and peace delegations to countries around the world. As president of Death Penalty Focus, he speaks, writes, and coordinates eff orts to stop executions.
Fifth-grader Patrick can't read, but when the new girl next door encourages him to overcome his fears and try, he starts believing he isn't so stupid after allPatrick Lowe has always loved imagining his own fantastic stories of brave knights and dragons. Unfortunately, every time he tries to read, his father's voice pops up in his head telling him he's stupid, and the words on the page suddenly become too blurry to see. By his fifth grade year, Patrick has stopped trying to read altogether. He doesn't think he needs any friends, but his new next-door neighbor Celina just won't leave him alone. As Patrick and Celina slowly become friends, Celina starts reading The Sword and the Stone to him every afternoon. Patrick is entranced by this mythical world of white knights and vicious beasts, magic and adventure, but no matter how hard he tries, he himself still cannot read. But when Celina betrays his trust, Patrick finds himself betting to the class bully that he can read a story to the entire school. Patrick is determined to show everyone that he's no dummy, but can he get past his own fears and finally learn to read?
Both down-home sweet and seductive, Cheris Hodges's new novel is about breaking the rules, going back home. . . and finding more than your heart's desire. . . Celina Hart had security, a steady job, a predictable fiancé. . . and nothing that was making her truly happy. She gave it all up to gamble on her talent, and found success she'd never imagined as one of New York's hottest painters. But when she returns to her South Carolina hometown to care for her ailing father, she gets an even bigger surprise. That bow-legged neighbor's boy she used to play with has grown up into Darius McRae, a lawyer who gave up the D. C. fast-lane to get back to his roots. Now, Darius' dark-chocolate build and slow, easy smile are proving to be just as tempting as any city lights. . . The last thing Darius was looking for was a relationship. He'd been burned by too many women who put finance over romance--including his conniving ex-girlfriend Cortina. But Celina's sense of humor and unpretentious ways are igniting more than his passions. And when Cortina starts stirring up a mess of trouble, Darius will do whatever it takes to show Celina a home-grown love is a dream worth everything. . .
Organize your closets or color with your kids?Scrub your kitchen floor or play with your dog? Tackle the garage or have dinner with your friends? Forget feeling guilty! You don't have to choose and you don't have to be perfect either. Just Clean Enough features 365 simple tips to keep your home guest-ready and in tip-top shape in half the time-with half the effort. After all, why spend all day mired in housework when it's easy to do small things like: Use baskets to control your kids' clutter Buy some silicon oven liners to cut down on cleaning time Put rugs down in your entry way to keep outside dirt contained Clean your toilet with a capful of bleach left overnight Add an Ottoman that doubles as storage With plans to declutter room by room or to tackle tasks when you have a few spare minutes, this book puts the cleaning team to shame. So instead of spending all of your free time cleaning your home, now you can actually enjoy it!
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