A bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess from an award-winning humorist. Whether David Rakoff is contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air; working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel; or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot—where he is provided with his very own personal manservant—rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly skewered. Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Simultaneously a Wildean satire and a plea for a little human decency, Don’t Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we’re in a special circle of gilded-age hell. This edition includes an excerpt from David Rakoff's Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.
Commentary By J. Hanna* "There is probably no such thing as an ordinary life, but some lives are more extraordinary than others. Robert Buckley has had some rare opportunities in his life and he makes the most of them. In the late mid-Twentieth Century it was still possible to encounter life largely free from the distortions of technology. From his perch in the Rocky Mountains, Mr. Buckley looks far over the horizon to Ireland where the Buckley journey to America began generations ago and then turns effortlessly to an opposite horizon to describe the lives of the inhabitants of Micronesia and the social and working adventures he shared with them first in the Peace Corps and later in a return visit with his family. The Buckley family holdings in Silver Plume, Colorado serve as the geographic and emotional center of this James A. Michener sized review of a chain of lives that stretches unbroken from the potato famine to a scattering of small islands in the Pacific and then back to Vail, Colorado as it is becoming one of the great ski resorts in the world. Along the way we are given glimpses of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The story has everything any story could ever want, from aggressive blue sharks to murder with avalanches, cyclones, gold strikes, true love and steady courage folded in. Many authors might lose the sense of unity with so many pieces to keep in play, but in Mr. Buckley's sure telling, and faith welds the links of the chain to make one out of many. It is something to keep in mind in a rapidly fracturing culture. The book is an easy breezy read, yet filled with plenty of action and insight. It is a very personal telling that has something for every kind of reader." *Joseph Hanna's diverse career includes writing the published Lawton Close Mystery Series, an award-winning humor column for the Sag Harbor Express, also penning a weekly cartoon, and showing his paintings in several art galleries in the Hamptons. He currently lives on an island with his wife and their dog.
Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: 2009
Der 2. Band der Serie führt die Geschichte nach Alisons Tod fort (vgl. "Unschuldig", BA 9/09). Die Mädchen der Clique erhalten immer noch anonyme SMS. Da Alis als Absenderin ausscheidet, fällt der Verdacht auf Toby Cavanaugh, der mit Alis ein Geheimis teilt: Vor einigen Jahren hatte sie im Auftrag der Clique vor Tobys Baumhaus einen Feuerwerkskörper gezündet, der so unglücklich explodierte, dass Tobys Schwester Jenna erblindete. Obwohl Toby Alis genau gesehen hatte, hielt er still und nahm sogar die Schuld auf sich. - Jetzt hat jedes der Mädchen etwas zu verbergen und in den anonymen Mails wird gedroht, alles öffentlich zu machen: Emily hat sich in ein Mädchen verliebt und versucht, es geheimzuhalten, Spencer spannt ihrer Schwester den Freund aus, Hanna versucht, die Ehe ihrer Eltern zu retten und Aria hat sich in Hannas Ex verliebt. Für alle ist klar: Toby steckt hinter den SMS und er hat auch Alis ermordet! Doch dann wird Toby mit einem Abschiedsbrief, der sein Geheimnis lüftet, tot aufgefunden und die Polizei ist sicher, dass er nicht Alis' Mörder war. Wieder sehr spannend und überall empfohlen!
Author: Spencer Johnson
Release Date: 2015-12-21
Genre: Business & Economics
WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Die wichtigsten Mäuse-Strategien Spencer Johnsons erfolgreiche Mäuse-Fabel hat sich weltweit über 25 Millionen mal verkauft und unzähligen Menschen gezeigt, wie man erfolgreich mit Veränderungen umgehen und ihnen mit Mut und Gelassenheit begegnen kann. Nun gibt es den Bestseller mit den besten Erfolgsstrategien der Mäuse auch als E-Book.
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: cbt Verlag
Release Date: 2009-10-02
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Vier Mädchen, ein dunkles Geheimnis Hanna liegt nach dem Anschlag von A. schwer verletzt im Krankenhaus und kann sich an absolut nichts mehr erinnern. Obwohl sie eigene Sorgen plagen, bangen Spencer, Emily und Aria um ihr Leben. Explosive Mischung aus Glamour und tödlichen Intrigen
What Are Employers Really Looking for? It's Not What You Think. More people than ever are applying for the same few jobs. Surfing job boards and submitting a dozen résumés a day just doesn't work. The 6 Reasons You'll Get the Job shows you exactly how to tailor your pitch and stand out from the crowd so that you get hired. Talent alone will not get you the job. The short list of candidates all have the ability to do the work, so what makes the difference? Whether employers know it or not, intuitively they are always looking for a candidate who meets or exceeds each of six qualities: ?Presentation ?Ability ?Dependability ?Motivation ?Attitude ?Network These qualities may sound familiar, but you'll be surprised at how employers judge them. You'll discover how to promote these six qualities to your advantage so employers take notice. You'll also learn proven strategies for finding jobs in the Hidden Market while your competition is still waiting by the phone. By mastering a few simple, often overlooked techniques, you'll get noticed by the person who has the power to hire you now.
***PRE-ORDER CAROLE'S SENSATIONAL SEASONAL SEQUEL! CHRISTMAS CAKES & MISTLETOE NIGHTS COMING THIS OCTOBER*** The scrumptious Cake Shop in the Garden is Carole Matthews' bestselling book ever! Perfect for fans of Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.
His mother abandoned him. His drug-dealing dad landed him in the middle of a gunfight. After entering the foster care system, he fell through the cracks. He was rejected by everyone, known by no one... Born to a teenage mother whose hopes and dreams for her son were shattered by her own drug addiction, author Shane Salter was thrust into parenting his younger brother at the tender age of four. His first look at the world was through a broken windowpane into an alley leading nowhere. When his mother walked out and left him, he kept it together and took care of his brother until they found foster care, a system as threatening to a child as any dark alley in New York, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, or Los Angeles. He sought what his mother was unable to give: nurturing, guidance, and the opportunity to be a child. With all odds against him, he survived and emerged more determined than ever to succeed.
Author: Bethenny Frankel
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-04-07
Bethenny Frankel, five-time New York Times bestselling author, self-made businesswoman, and media maven, shares her ten rules for relationship success and takes us on an empowering journey to learn how to say yes to love. From running her Skinnygirl business to being a mom and a TV star, Bethenny Frankel appears to have it all. But when it comes to relationships, she is the first to admit that she has failed—a lot. In fact, Bethenny has made every mistake, from calling when she shouldn’t have to misreading signals to staying with a guy for all the wrong reasons. In working through the mistakes, she has gained insight and wisdom about what matters most. Filled with personal stories and the no-nonsense advice she’s known for, New York Times bestseller I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To is the next step on Bethenny’s A Place of Yes journey. She offers an unflinching but ultimately hopeful look at what it takes to find real love including tips on dating, how to trust your gut, avoiding self-sabotage, and much more. It’s easy to give up on romance, to expect the worst, and to doubt yourself, but you shouldn’t be satisfied with a relationship that is mediocre—your relationship can and should be incredible. Using Bethenny’s “A Place of Yes” attitude, you too can find love and a relationship that is more successful, fulfilling, and happier than ever before.
In this deeply smart and sneakily poignant collection of essays, the bestselling author of Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable makes an inspired case for always assuming the worst—because then you’ll never be disappointed. Whether he’s taking on pop culture phenomena with Oscar Wilde-worthy wit or dealing with personal tragedy, Rakoff’s sharp observations and humorist’s flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the untapped power of negativity.
Author: Dan Rose
Publisher: Adobe Press
Release Date: 2015-01-12
For a couple of decades now, designers have used Photoshop to mock up Web page designs. However, that work generally results in a static graphic of the page, which has to be translated by a developer into the components of a Web page: HTML files and Web-compatible image files. Our multi-device world has shown us that this approach to web design, including full-page comps done in Photoshop, is increasingly problematic. Modern web designers are adopting a new approach: creating flexible web pages whose layout can adapt to suit the screen on which they are displayed. This is “Responsive Web Design” [RWD]. Until now, books on designing responsive Web sites have focused on HTML and CSS – in other words, they've been very code-centric, and visual creativity seems to take a back seat. This new book is aimed at the visual Web designer who’s accustomed to working in Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop CC contains many new features that help streamline the process of converting a static page design to a set of components for a responsive web page. Dan Rose is one of the best-known advocates of this new way of working in Photoshop. He’s observed that only a few people are talking about Photoshop for RWD constructively, yet a majority (63% as of his last informal poll) of web designers are using Photoshop for more than simple asset creation. This transition is a pain point for many designers. His new book will balance coverage of conceptual issues (how to fit tools like Photoshop to the design workflow rather than fitting a workflow to the tools) with practical design exercises tailored to help communicate the overall design direction of the page while respecting the needs of the fluid Web. In addition, he will introduce methods for taking HTML back into Photoshop for further refinement.
Returning to Sandy Bend, Michigan, isn't Kira Whitman's idea of moving forward. Unfortunately, thanks to her shady business partner, she's stuck in her hometown until her problems disappear. Kira's plans to lie low don't go as smoothly as she hoped, though, especially when sexy Mitch Brewer finds her breaking in to her brother's home! As a kid, Kira was nothing but trouble—and Mitch is constantly telling her she still is. But she knows he has a soft spot for her, and she definitely has one for him! He's been a frequent fantasy since their first kiss three years ago. Now she wants to show Mitch she's changed, and nobody's better at tempting trouble than she is!
The Soldier's Gift Just in time for Christmas, a tall, dark and handsome Scrooge visits Holly Stanwyck's holiday shop, threatening eviction. But once landlord Ethan Pelligrino sees the single mom's plight, the former soldier becomes her protector instead. Suddenly he's helping her with her struggling business and bonding with her troubled son. A wounded veteran come home to heal, Ethan is no stranger to sorrow. But something about the pretty widow fills him with hope. Will Holly be able to let go of her own painful past to see her future by his side?