The San Francisco Chronicle's Best of the Year List Indie Next Pick "For Reading Groups" From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss--"heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." (Anne Lamott) In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of. Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--to be a true partner and to have one. This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.
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This book is not a how-to book. It is a book of spiritual, emotional, and practical principles to help guide all who deal daily with difficult parenting decisions. It is written to help parents who are just beginning their journey, as well as those who have years of experience. It is a book for blended families, single moms and dads, and grandparents or close relatives who have been assigned the responsibility of guiding a child successfully along the path toward their God-given destiny.
Four old college friends, desperate for an escape from their crazy lives, spend a week at a luxury villa in Jamaica and help each other cope with their problems.
“When I ran away, aged seventeen, I didn’t do it for the usual reasons...I did it because I was looking for adventure.” My name is Mira Brand, and I'm a Seeker – a treasure hunter who can cross between worlds seeking long-forgotten treasure hoards of ancient races. My home is London, but I work in the worlds beneath our own, seeking after my own fortune. Except for the time I had to pay a debt to Lady Angelica, the most powerful sorcerer in my world. But there was glory in it for me, and danger as well, so of course I was all in. The only problem was...it came at a time when my little family was already falling apart at the edges...and by the time I got done, I had wonder...would there even be anyone left?
Is Brian Doyle the most passionate Catholic storyteller in America? Here is new evidence that he is. In this brand new compilation of some of his best stories that have appeared in various publications throughout the world, Doyle explores the promise of Catholicism in America that he has experienced and observed from his childhood through today.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation is a fictional book that looks into the issues of sin, not in the world, but in the church. Candace Gibson wanted a small portion of the so-called good life. She just didn't know what this life consisted of and how to go about getting it. She thought this meant being a part of one of the so-called prestigious committees. She wanted to be invited to the prestigious parties, and most of all, she wanted to have a prestigious friend. In fact, Candace wanted everything she never had. Suddenly, she had a small chance at getting what she thought of as the perfect life, but there was a cost. Did this chance of a lifetime mean that she would give up a lifetime of religious upbringing by her grandmother? Would she make the same mistakes her mother had made, or would she yield not to temptation and at the same time, turn her back on her dreams?
In Sullivan’s Crossing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr has created a place where good people, powerful emotions, great humor and a healthy dose of common sense are the key ingredients to a happy life. Sullivan’s Crossing brings out the best in people. It’s a place you’ll want to visit again and again. Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. But it’s time that Leigh has her independence, and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will entice her aunt to visit often. Helen Culver is an independent woman who lovingly raised her sister’s orphaned child. Now, with Leigh grown, it’s time for her to live life for herself. The retired teacher has become a successful mystery writer who loves to travel and intends to never experience winter again. When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each have to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives.
Here are the children of men and angels, and all the ways a world can end; an owl-man in the spring of stupidity and a murderess mourning her victim's death as it never really happened; an outcast who finds her long-sought ideal too perfect, and anorexic ghosts of a man's desire; a dead girl with her disturbing doll, and matters of family tangled up in blue. For twenty years Not One of Us has explored "otherness" from every fictional angle. Collected here are fifteen stories that represent some of the very best fiction published in its pages.
This thorough test preparation book contains six complete practice exams and review material for all test areas, including everything you need to score 95-100%. It is also the only test prep book with two CDs for the audio section of the exam. Information on how to apply for a career with the postal service, as well as descriptions of the types of careers that are available with the Postal Service are included. Strategies for improving your address checking skills, your memory for addresses, and your ability to decipher number series are covered in detail. This book is a must for anyone who desires a career with the United States Postal Service.
Celebrates the contributions of women, men and children to the Native American heritage.