In this satirical journey through the chic lunch spots in L.A. in the 1990s, newly-divorced Danielle Wiffard navigates a maze of romantic, sexual, and musical encounters with celebrities and socialites, from a symphony maestro to a big-hatted country crooner, from a self-obsessed TV talk show host to a has-been teen idol, and a series of fleeting ecstasies and personal and natural disasters. Her lunchtime liaisons and a gaggle of gossips keep an eye on her and an eye on the gar on's hindquarters as together they refine the Art of Lunch.
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Lights. Camera. Revolution.
Stephen Krawczyk is a Hollywood dreamer. He's on his way to Belgrade, the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, to direct his first feature film, the start of his career as Stephen Crawford, Director and Hollywood Legend.
The production is his first-and possibly his last-chance to make something of himself as a filmmaker. He's also in a struggle to redeem himself with those he loves.
The movie he'll be directing is an ultra-low-budget horror flick that he hopes to turn into a cinematic masterpiece. However, with the rise of Slobodan Milosevic and the fall of Communism, the country behind the Iron Curtain in which the shoot takes place is about to explode into brutal warring fragments. Revolution, duplicitous producers, rebellious actors, colliding cultures-a maelstrom of conflict lies ahead. But worst of all, this stranger in a strange land must face the consequences of betrayal.
A rich exploration of friendship and heartache in the Midwest." - Kirkus ReviewsVal Van Dyke has just won a cruise to Alaska - and it couldn't come at a better time for this rural Wisconsinite. On the verge of turning the big 5-0, the former world traveler has found herself constrained in recent years - by her job and her marriage to a much younger husband, who has grown as distant as the far-flung places to which she once traveled. Her lifelong friends are facing similar ruts. Former prom queen Crystal Brenner now tips the scale at three-hundred pounds and has to balance taking care of a child with Down syndrome and a verbally abusive live-in-father. Penny Hansen, who has that typical "middle child" mentality of appeasing everyone, finds herself constantly at war with her obstinate teenage daughter. So, when Val invites Crystal and Penny to join her on the cruise, it offers the friends a welcome respite from their daily routine and the exciting chance to revisit the carefree days of their youth. But as they prepare to embark on their vacation, things begin to unravel in their personal lives, leading them to reassess choices, reveal long-held secrets and confront a life-or-death crisis that will change their friendship forever. "Alternately humorous and heartbreaking, the novel is an incisive triple portrait of the way small choices shape the courses of people's lives." - Kirkus Reviews.
White Sheets to Brown Babies is a memoir of the life of Jvonne Hubbard, a little girl who was raised to hate minorities through the indoctrination of her father, who was the Grand Dragon of a North Carolina faction of the KKK. It includes tales of living through a lifetime of dysfunction, violence and terror at the hands of both her father and other nefarious individuals who would seek to perpetuate the cycle. More importantly though, it is also a story of how they did not succeed in this hateful quest, as Jvonne struggled on and through to the other side to embrace love, laughter and the pursuit of personal happiness. Part of this amazing transformation even led to her adoption of a biracial infant, an event that served both as a healing elixir to her soul and a grandiose " #%& you" to all the ugliness that hate brings.
Imagine living in a land of gardens, in a place called Whispering Gardens. One day you discover that the myths and legends your grandfather told you are true. Fairies are real. Nature is ruled by magic. And we all possess magical powers that we may discover - if we just learn how to listen to “the Whispers.”
I am proud to introduce to you the next step in your child's wellness. Vegan Made Kids Recipes Children Will Love is packed with recipes that are all organic, plant-based, and most importantly, easy to recreate. It’s chalked full of great foods including breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinners, and desserts. As a bonus, there is even an activity guide to keep your child entertained!This is one of my passions: healthy eating for the family and children centered around plant-based foods and having fun while cooking! Start your kids on the path to healthy living today.
By Rosella Testa
“If the implication of knowing the truth means that we have to be someone other than who we are comfortable with, then so be it.”
Eli Tesani doesn’t believe in faerietales. A young realist living in the fantasyland of Los Angeles, she lives a predictable life, carefully maintaining the balance between family, friends, and her demanding dream job. When a mystery illness starts affecting her appearance and her grandmother’s declining health sends her on an urgent trip back to her native Italy, Eli is faced with a family secret that may be the missing link she desperately needs. But with a family who’s unwilling to provide any logical answers, Eli is forced to pursue the truth on her own, and is met with much more than she bargains for.
With an influx of religious mysteries, historical bombshells, a world of supernatural characters, and even a love interest that is more cryptic than the secrets she’s fighting to uncover, Eli is forced to make a difficult decision: whether to go back to LA and live in ignorant bliss, or to possibly risk everything in order to pursue the truth that will change her and her family's lives, forever.
How do you pick yourself up after being dealt a devastating blow? Ashley M. Ratcliff got a crash course in collecting the broken pieces of her once easygoing life and building something beautiful with them when her health suddenly declined. At the age of thirty-three, in the middle of her Jesus Year, Ashley was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis-an autoimmune disorder for which there is no cure. In the year that followed, depression and anxiety, on top of the grueling symptoms of her MS, sought to sideline Ashley, and she found herself clinging to God closer than ever before.
Sometimes you have to get knocked down to get back up stronger. And Ashley is living proof of that truth. She has bounced back from the immobilizing flare-up that led to her diagnosis, and has since found perspective, purpose and restored faith. Jesus Year is the book that Ashley wishes she was given when she was first diagnosed. This self-help memoir takes readers on her journey of reclaiming her joy and finding a new normal, a process to which anyone living with a chronic illness can relate.
In these pages, you'll learn how to:
- Confront your reality
- Build a support squad
- Say goodbye to who or what no longer serves you
- Set yourself up for success
- Celebrate milestones and live your best life
Above all else, you will leave this book knowing that your life isn't over because the unexpected occurs. In fact, it's about to begin.
Susana Porras's journey over the Camino de Santiago with her seventy-three-year-old father was a life-changing journey filled with awe-inspiring scenery, spiritual awakening, and lots of cafe con leche. Come with them as they travel physically, spiritually, and historically along this five-hundred-mile Camino. Take in the scenery, learn about its thousand-year history of clerics and kings, and of course, don't forget to stop and savor the tortillas.
Mauro Zappaterra, MD, PhD, extends the dialogue of awareness from his first two books "I Am" and "All One" to the final book of the series "All Love." All Love continues to explore awareness as the emerging property that arises from the realization we are All One, as pure Love. Come along on this fun exploration of awareness.
How far is one willing to go for success? For fame? Charles Foxborough, the washed-up writer of a fiction column in the New York City local newspaper, The Dark Times, longs for the days when his ideas would come naturally. Raymond Dark, the paper's owner, is on the brink of firing Charles, who goes on a spontaneous date with the new girl in the office. After dropping her off at her apartment, Charles witnesses a gruesome murder and, unable to sleep at night, writes a story based on it for the paper the following day. The story sparks the interest of James March, lead detective of the case of the murdered NYPD detective, while Raymond begs Charles for more due to its popularity. However, when the killer confronts Charles and reveals to him the location of the next murder, he is left to make a dangerous decision that could change his fate forever.
The Parenthood Pendulum will help you navigate through life choices and follow a path that will lead to your most fulfilled life. The women of today are now facing the option to choose alternative lifestyles and no longer expected to conform to the traditional way of life; marriage, children, and running a household. With this societal shift, I believe there is a need for empowerment, support, and confidence to decide what choices are best for each individual. This will not only be relatable content to the childless population but helps eradicate misconceptions placed by society and hopefully can aid in bridging the gap between those who want & have children and those with opposing perspectives. Throughout the book, you will read quotes from the numerous women and men that I had the privilege to confabulate with and they fearlessly shared it all and I know you will find their stories wildly different and yet, equally inspiring. I am forever grateful to the contributors for using their voice to help reform the narrative of what it is to be childfree and what parenting really entails.
The book is about one particular aspect of the Mexican war; The conquest of California and United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Archibald Henderson Gillespie's important contribution to the war effort. The Mexican war, or as it has also been called, "Mister Polk's war," was a real example of realpolitik, politics of reality. President James K Polk's dealings with Mexico were governed by his desire for results rather than by moral or idealistic concerns. He instigated the war and blamed it on the Mexicans. Even though the United States Navy had the means to conquer California peacefully, its commander in chief, preferred a more direct approach: unconditional surrender. It is a must read for those interested in the early days of California and also those interested in United States military history.
"I resisted, but she drew me back. I stayed away, but she beckoned me. I distanced myself, but she haunted me. I even rejected her but she did not abandon me..."
She Seduced Me is that rare book in which the reader becomes part of a magical world in which places, monuments and artists come alive through their stories. In this case, however, that world is Rome and the reader becomes a participant in the ebb and flow of the city and gains insight into why so many have fallen in love with Rome despite its faults.
This work of nonfiction is divided into chapters in which the reader experiences aspects of art, culture, history and the present through the eyes of the writer and of the inhabitants of Rome, past and present.
Weston loves race cars, glitter, nail polish and sharks. He discovers that not everyone's idea of fun is the same as his. With the help of friends and inclusion, Weston realizes that everybody has different quirks. He chooses to be resilient instead of bending to conform to someone else's ideals.
Fiction. Poetry. California Interest. It's California in 1983. A woman pulls an IV out of her arm, walks out of the hospital and starts driving north. She is bleeding and nauseous. There is something in the trunk of her Datsun and it's rotting. FUGITIVE ASSEMBLAGE is lyric noir pieced together from remnant words and the blind turns of Highway 1. This haunted and haunting novel renders sensation through images and evokes grief in a dis/harmony of ghostly voices conjured from geology texts, poetry, family history, personal trauma and from women's diaries of the "westward journey.