Shortlisted for the Thurber Prize for American Humor 22 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list 'Wonderfully intelligent and frank... I loved this book, and Rhoda Janzen. She is a terrific, pithy, beautiful writer, a reliable, sympathetic narrator and a fantastically good sport.' New York Times Rhoda Janzen had reached a crossroads: she had just hit forty when her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for a guy he met on Gay.com. In the same calamitous week she was hospitalized in a horrible car accident. With no alternatives, Rhoda decided to pack her bags and head home. into the heart of the Christian sect she had spent years longing to escape. Rhoda Janzen might be a bad Mennonite, but nonetheless, her parents and their community welcome her back with open arms, strange food and offbeat advice. ('Why not date your first cousin? He has his own tractor!') It was in this safe place that Rhoda came to terms with her failed marriage; the desire, as a young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind; and the choices that had both freed and entrapped her. 'This book is not just beautiful and intelligent, but also painfully - even wincingly - funny. It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Rhoda Janzen's voice - singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest - slayed me, with audible results. I have a list already of about fourteen friends who need to read this book. I will insist that they read it. Because simply put, this is the most delightful memoir I've read in ages.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
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A woman stands at her kitchen sink, believing the grief over her broken marriage is about to crush her, when an unexpected friend arrives at her door carrying a plastic white garment bag and three small boxes. What a friend! What an inspired gift! What an amazing demonstration of God’s love and concern for us! Through this tender moment of understanding and quiet display of God’s grace, a woman’s faith and trust is restored, and her healing slowly begins.
Following Mandy, a young woman running from her past, author Amanda Graybill explores feelings of guilt, regret, the power of forgiveness of self, and hope for a better life through God's redemption and His restoration and love. Readers will be entranced by the power of the Dress Maker and "The Little Black Dress"a little book with a big message.
Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly. . . . Each of these women had an influential take on the most classic wardrobe staple of all: the Little Black Dress. In this chic sewing book, patternmaker Dolin Bliss O'Shea pulls inspiration from famous LBDs throughout history—including Mary Quant's mod mini, a classic wrap dress worn by Liza Minelli, Princess Diana's smart A-line, and more—and offers patterns for reinterpreted versions that are perfectly stylish. Including 10 full dress patterns with sewing variations to make 20 garments in all, a primer on sewing techniques, vintage photographs of style icons, and full-color shots of the finished pieces, this book has everything fashionistas need to bring timeless style right into their closets.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A HIT MAN MEETS HIS NEW MOTHER-IN-LAW? Multiple Shamus Award winner Loren D. Estleman is "a superb stylist as well as a deft storyteller [who] paints his people and his city with acerbic wit and wry affection" (San Diego Union-Tribune). In Little Black Dress, Peter Macklin was a hit man for a long time but he has taken steps to distance himself from his tattooed past, like quitting the mob, moving away from Detroit, and marrying the gorgeous, intelligent Laurie. But retirement isn't easy for an ex-hit man. Now the man accustomed to killing people in cold blood must adjust to a sadistic ritual of early marriage... he must spend time with his eccentric mother-in-law. This event takes an unexpected turn when Macklin discovers mom-in-law's boyfriend Benjamin Grinnell is a spotter for a gang of armed robbers. Unfortunately, Grinnell made a big mistake: he failed to spot a shotgun-toting shop-owner, whom the gang had to turn into red mist. Now Grinnell's life is threatened, and Grinnell's jeopardy endangers his sweetie... and Laurie. Macklin, driven by his professional curiosity and his desire to protect his family, can't help but get involved. As Macklin investigates Grinnell's dark affairs, he inevitably gets tangled up with Grinnell's enemies, including the Ohio mob... and the law. All parties converge in a deadly shootout, with the lives of Macklin's loved ones and the fate of his marriage precariously hanging in the balance. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
This invaluable guide will solve the perennial "What to wear?" problem for women everywhere. Starting with the design classic the LBD, with tips on how to wear it and how to adapt it, Tracy Martin ensures you will look the part with Audrey Hepburn perfection. Read on to discover how to wear all your wardrobe well - from all styles of dresses, to suits, skirts and shirts, and even underwear. Choose the right handbags and jewellery to accessorise with flawless precision and finish off every outfit with the right pair of shoes. Whatever the occasion - from workwear to weddings - and whatever your mood, you can put together an outfit with confidence and ease, knowing you have just the right picture-perfect look. This is a must-have guide for every woman, which will enable her to perfect her wardrobe and dress with confidence and style.Tracy Martin has contributed to both specialist and mainstream magazines, writing features on design, style and fashion. She often appears on television, including a regular slot on ITV's This Morning. Among her other books are Collectable Names and Designs in Fashion and the new book High Heel Heaven.
Looks at the different modes of dress in America in the mid twentieth century, from every day clothes to high fashion.
Inspired by an actual letter in the John F. Kennedy Library written by Jackie and revealing her job offer from the newly formed CIA When young Jackie Bouvier receives her second assignment from the CIA, she knows it will go better than her first. She managed to survive the Paris job-while looking her best in Givenchy, no less-but now she's completed her official CIA training. So she's excited to show her boss exactly what she can do for her country. Her new mission: Go undercover in sultry Havana and investigate a young revolutionary named Fidel Castro. But before Jackie can infiltrate the communist cabal, she's in past her hemline in danger. In another exciting adventure, she colludes with Grace Kelly, dances with Frank Sinatra, and flirts with an up-and-coming congressman from Massachusetts. As the international intrigue escalates, Jackie must use all her finely honed skills to stay ahead of her enemies . . . and make sure spying never goes out of fashion.
There is no calorie counting and no foods are strictly forbidden, however, there are limits on the amount of high calorie foods to be eaten. It is advisable to satisfy your cravings with a few bites of a rich food and then to fill up on fruit and vegetables. Why vegetarian? Recent studies have revealed some astonishing results in weight loss for women. According to these results there is a wonderful link with vegetarian diets for weight loss and women. Vegetarians also consume less saturated fats and much more fiber on a daily basis. For the most part if you decided to follow a vegetarian diet you would be able to eat all the fresh fruits and veggies you wanted and unlimited whole grains. You would still be able to lose the desired weight without having to go hungry, you will be full and satisfied from healthy foods. A book for individuals who wish to try low carbohydrate dieting with minimal risk of adverse effects by combining low carb, high monofats and fiber. The recipes are to make you feel fuller for longer and have plenty of energy.. If you slip up one day, don't beat yourself up... just get back on track as soon as you can. Men lose an average of 6-8 pounds after the first two weeks on this diet. Women lose an average of 4-6 pounds. All the recipes also include detailed information on calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, sodium, and potassium, as well as serving sizes.