Mona is twenty-three, emotionally adrift and cleaning houses to get by. While handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a man she calls Mr Disgusting, who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. In search of healing, she decamps to New Mexico for a fresh start, but always lurking just beneath the surface are the ghosts of her past, and the crushing legacy of a chaotic, destructive childhood. It seems running further away from her problems could just leave more inventive ways for them to find her.
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Violet Hoffman is a planner. She’s had more than enough time—especially on holidays—to think this through. There’s really no point in turning back. Now, armed with a plan, Violet only needs to pull the trigger. She runs through her list of essentials: Motel room, check. Bottle of pills, check. Razor blades, check. Knife, yup. Purpose, check. Voice ready to be heard. Got it. Revenge, coming right up. Violet is ready. After all, she decides, everyone is born for a reason. For most of her life, she’s been different. Since she was nine years old, she’s carried a secret that made it impossible for her to be normal. For a decade, she’s been torn between loyalties and healing. But now, finally an adult, Violet can let it all out. And it isn’t going to be pretty. But then again, being ‘pretty’ and ‘special’ really aren’t what they’re cracked up to be. When I’m Dead is the story of an eighteen-year-old abuse victim alienated by her family. Ignored by a faulty system and shuffled from placement to placement, Violet is finally old enough to be heard. Sometimes, the best messages are given without words. And Violet’s always been a person of action. Where will Violet’s plan and actions take her? Will she finally get her message across? What will they think of her, when she’s dead? Will they even notice?
Maddie Mulhern is suddenly in charge. Her parents - former 80s pop duo Pineapple Mist - have left for the summer on a nostalgia tour, entrusting her to manage their struggling karaoke bar, Sing It Back. Panicking over the dodgy finances, Maddie takes a gamble: she signs up for a fly-on-the-wall reality TV series. With her faithful staff (divalicious drag queen Ruby, shy barman Simon and wannabe actress Jasmine) she'll transform the bar into a huge success. Simple. Right? Executive Producer Evan Bergman knows that scandal sells. It's no coincidence that he hires cool, attractive Nick Craven as director. Evan wants drama on screen - and he'll do anything to get it. As the series builds to a live finale, will Maddie see the truth in a Careless Whisper? Will Nick be able to keep his Poker Face? One thing's for sure: we all do things at karaoke that we regret . . .
Sometimes when there is so much suffering in a persons life and nothing seems to turn out the way one plans, then it becomes easy to just give up on believing that there is a God in heaven who loves us and cares about our success. What we dont understand is that when we first give our lives to God, we agree to die. We agree to allow God to order the steps of our lives so that He can cause our destiny to fit His plans. That dying is very difficult, particularly when we dont understand it. This book is about the dyingand the coming to understand why it must happen.
Sharman's getting married, and down at the nick they're taking bets on how long it's going to last. His new wife, Dawn (the ex-stripper), isn't going to settle for little woman status - she's got her eye on those mean streets - and Sharman's going to need all the help he can get. He's received a call from an American record company who have a letter from a rock star who's been dead for 20 years - and wants his royalties...
After a long series of professional failures, the last one costly, Louise Christys life is finally on track with the sudden success of her newly established business, a very special perfume shop. But within weeks, her triumph is stubbed out by her brother, who informs her that her spectacular turnover is due to something else: Her favorite shop clerk, the extraordinary Toko, is exhibiting herself in the shop windows mornings when she has the shop to herself. Unable to believe the outrageous news and incapable of spying on her favorite girl to verify it, Louise hires homely, slow-moving Jane, not to be shop manager as her ad indicates, but scarecrow: Posted in the shop mornings, Jane is to ward off illicit conduct that could be damaging to Ms Christys yields. For her part, Jane is determined to do everything she can to establish credibility with her new employer and secure her cushy, do-nothing job in the glamorous business world. The circumstances spell near disaster for the well-meaning proprietress.
The Collaborative Construction of Pretend explores the origins and development of social pretend play in children. It begins with the infants first attempts to play pretend with an adult; discusses the beginnings of toddler pretend with peers; and investigates the fully developed social play of preschool and school age children. The author argues that social pretend play can fulfill several different developmental functions and that these functions change with development. Each of these functions are rooted in the individual development of the child and in the social context. Thus the book looks at developmental progressions not only in the forms of social pretend play but in the meaning of the play to the child.
The town has lost its famed falafel king, but the Dadon family have also lost a father and husband. Living with the daily threat of Katyusha missiles from neighbouring Lebanon, and struggling to survive amid the rubble of their lives, Simona and her three children each find their own way of coping with their grief, their fear and their hopes. Raw, lyrical, shocking and moving, Sara Shilo's powerful debut novel recounts the life of an ordinary Israeli family over the course of a single, extraordinary day in prose that we have never before encountered in contemporary Hebrew literature.
Most books on terminal illness focus on death and dying. This book is about neither. It doesn't deal with statistics or the medical aspects of a crippling disease, and it isn't written by a celebrity about their amazing recovery. This book is about a real person and a true hero. Bob Horn, an authority on the Soviet Union and foreign policy in the Third World, a successful author and teacher, an involved husband and father of three in his mid-forties, awoke one day to find his entire world upside down. Diagnosed in 1988 with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), better known as Lou Gerhig's disease, Bob had to deal with the reality that his situation was terminal. How Bob and his family coped and continue to cope or "battle" as Bob prefers to call it with disability and terminal illness is an amazing story that you will find inspiring, heartwarming, humorous, upsetting, and a celebration of the triumph of life. Having already beaten the odds that say he should have died years ago, Bob accomplished the most unbelievable feat he wrote this book. It was discovered that Bob had a pulse in his right foot that could be felt and manipulated. By hooking his foot up to a computer, Bob found he could maneuver the cursor and produce documents. He has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, sermons for his church, correspondence, and most impressive of all this book. Not bad for a man who is completely paralyzed and hasn't moved in six years!
FREE LOVE. DEADLY PRICE. 'Big treat in store for fans. And if you're not a fan yet, why not?' Val McDermid 'A first-rate police thriller set amidst the seamy underside of the swinging sixties' C. J. Sansom The Runaway A nameless young woman is found naked and strangled in an alley on Abbey Road. The Reject DS Cathal Breen, an outcast in the Marylebone CID, struggles to make sense of the case. The Rookie Until new recruit WPC Helen Tozer - the first woman to join the team - makes a breakthrough. And as hippies slam doors in their face, and locals suspect the new African neighbours, Breen and Tozer tread down a perilous path, closing in on a cruel conspiracy that goes far beyond class, colour and creed.