Welcome to the Tales of Amado Adorado! As Amado and his dog, Flea, venture off on their walk to Bark Avenue Park, the streets align with friendly faces, kind exchanges, and smiles all around until an unexpected turn takes place that Amado didn’t see coming. Amado and Flea is the first book in a series of tales of a kind, spirited young boy living in an urban setting on East Village Way. Family, friends, neighbors and a dog named Flea all play a part as these stories come to be.
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Twenty-five years after the LA Riots, Moral Uncertainty: Inside the Rodney King Juries, takes readers inside the jury that triggered the uprising, and the second jury that convicted two of the four LAPD officers of civil rights violations. Simi Valley forewoman Dorothy Bailey and federal foreman Bob Almond told their stories to journalist Kathleen Neumeyer in the immediate aftermath. Written 25 years ago but published now for the first time, the issues they grappled with echo the outrage after current cases of police brutality.
Inspiring, down-to-earth view of the joys, sorrows and struggles many women of the baby boomer generation experienced. From the traditional, religious, sexist society of the 50's, the author confronts herself honestly, evolving through the personal and relationship transformations of the 60's and 70's, without losing her true self.
The stories in Qudeen the Magnificent, each told in the first person voice, are about unrelated Syrian girls, all between the ages of seven and eighteen, all in conflict with their culture and the world around them. Spanning the decades of the 20th century, their stories begin in the coal and steel regions of Pennsylvania and move to southern California especially Pasadena and Santa Barbara.
The Day the Zoo Caught the Flu, read by parents and grandparents to a sick child, is about what happens to the animals at the zoo when they catch a "bug."
Experience the pleasures of Bath alongside Jane Austen and friends, a tale for readers who enjoy stories that allow us to explore the possibilities offered through friendship, shared optimism, and the bond we can share with other people through our love for the treasures found in the past.
(Claudine aka C.A.Pepe)
LAst Resort, the 10th anthology from the L.A. chapter of the award-winning crime writers’ organization, Sisters in Crime Inc., features sixteen short stories about the misdeeds and downfalls of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles.
The eight related stories begin with "Surfing with Snakes & Dragons", a surfer alone in the open ocean as he faces giant winter waves - and grapples with his internal demons.
"Dawn Patrol" is two brothers navigating overhead surf and the crowded conditions at a popular Southern CA break.
"Prancing Red Stallion" follows two young women hanging for the day with friends in a Central Valley tattoo parlor.
"Spin...Cock...Pull!" is a tattoo artist alone in his darkened shop chatting with the demons of his addiction while idly spinning the cylinders of a gun.
"Incidental Encounter" takes to the streets to follow a homeless man surviving in the land of plenty.
"...Two Feet In" is a young lady interpreting the sub-text of her parent's conversation while sitting in the backseat of their car on the way to an L.A. university interview: “Very presumptuous on my part,” Couture admits. “a la Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
"Baja Flowers" is a surfer in a hospital room prepping for emergency spinal surgery.
And the final story, "Of Love, Lovers and Mistresses," is a young Latina woman on a week-end trip visiting relatives in San Francisco, who unexpectedly ends up at Fort Point, a treacherous surf break under the Golden Gate Bridge.
In the four years since breaking off her engagement, Maggie Kincaid has fled from city to city, seeking to escape her ex-fiancé Michael’s relentless pursuit. Abandoned by a criminal justice system that cannot seem to protect her despite multiple restraining orders, she is ready to give up. But it isn’t that easy. Maggie’s dead grandmother keeps haunting her dreams, warning her in cryptic phrases of the future. Or is it the past?
Jessie Jordan’s life turns upside down when she discovers the body of her favorite teacher and organizer of the town’s Scavenger Hunt. She puts her forensic anthropological skills to the test and enlists her team, Gumshoe Squad, to solve clues left behind by the victim. They vow to follow the trail wherever it leads…even if it ends with a murderer.
Bruno is a boxer puppy who spends every day at the boxing gym. As he watches boxers train, Bruno sees their heart, and it instills in him a desire to possess the kind of strength, bravery and courage he sees in them. More than anything, Bruno wants to be a real boxer. This fable takes the reader on a short journey of dreams, challenges, self-discovery and the incredible personal power that emerges when we choose to get in the ring.
Ben, a college senior, promised God and his mee maw that he'd be a Southern Baptist preacher, but he can't pray away the gay. Until stories, which he learns from his Grandpa Charlie about an interracial relationship Charlie had in the 1930s, teach Ben he has to live life by his own rules. The Wisdom of Stones is about living your truth and not allowing another person to rule you. Set in Upstate South Carolina in the early 1990s, The Wisdom of Stones intertwines the stories of Ben Stark and his grandfather, Charlie Phelps. Ben's father deserted him and his mother died right before Ben's 7th birthday, so Ben was raised by his Grandpa and Mee Maw.
In an expanded and updated follow up to his popular, first book, The Business of Acting: Learn the Skills You Need to Build the Career You Want, talent manager Brad Lemack offers both young, new-to-the-business and "working" actors a vital perspective on the changing landscape in which they seek to launch and grow their professional careers. The New Business of Acting: Create and Launch an Action Plan for Career Success teaches actors how to be smart, pro-active and strategic throughout their career journeys.
Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York offers a fascinating exploration of how the city’s financial crisis shaped theater and performance practices in this turbulent decade and beyond. An essential chronicle of the 1970s and its importance in understanding our present moment. Winner, 2016 ATDS John W. Frick Book Award.
An Amazon Bestseller and winner of over 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over Belgium in 1944. Five made it back home and five did not. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.
Ali is an Iraqi refugee boy who lives with his beekeeper grandfather in Los Angeles. Ali must learn to deal with bullying, assimilation, wartime trauma, and play the strange American game of baseball. His grandfather uses the bees to teach Ali life lessons and inspires him to save the bees.
Have you ever felt like pulling your hair out when dealing with someone from another generation? This collection of humorous short stories are told in a daughter’s point of view, as she often finds herself a reluctant participant in her Mom’s adventures. Mother-daughter moments are anything but ordinary, and typical outings take a surprising twist when Mom is along.
Will Beg for Dignity is a collection of hilarious essays following the author as he drives through rush hour traffic without brakes, is interrogated by Peruvian police, is deported from his home country, walks around the mall in an Easter Bunny costume, is given away as a radio station contest prize, and other embarrassing experiences. He's not asking for much. He just wants a shred of his dignity back. Would it hurt you to help him out?
Representing a new approach to the West’s evolving understanding of Buddhism, The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry is the first book-length collection of Zen teachings to be based on the poems of great American writers. In reassuring, forthright, and often surprising language, Wolff Sensei explains how poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William C. Williams, H.D., Richard Wright, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and others enshrined the gentle light of the Buddha’s teaching in their work. Poetry loves and Zen practitioners alike will find themselves moved toward a penetrating awareness of the realms of spiritual resolve, impermanence, desire, faith, and awakening.