Italian Lessons

Author: Peter Pezzelli
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 9781496703033
Release Date: 2007-10-01
Genre: Fiction

Fresh out of college, Carter Quinn has returned to his home in North Providence, Rhode Island, unsure of just about everything except his plans to go to Italy and pursue the woman of his dreams. To do that, he needs to learn to speak Italian, and only one man is right for the job—Giancarlo Rosa…if Carter can survive him. Giancarlo is nobody’s fool. The middle-aged music professor does offer Italian lessons, but only to those who are truly motivated. If Carter wants to learn, he will have to prove himself: lessons three times a week, hours of studying, strict discipline. And there will be no questions about the professor’s life—why he hasn’t written music in years, why he lives alone, and why he left his homeland in the first place. Carter may see Italy as a land of romance, but Giancarlo knows just what disappointments and betrayals live under the Abruzzo sky. What begins as an apparent mismatch between mentor and student soon blossoms into something deeper—a friendship that carries them into the old country, where forgotten secrets may hold the key to a new lease on life. “Pezzelli makes readers want to believe in love at first sight, and his earnest storytelling should win over its share of readers.” --Publishers Weekly

Porgies Are Best

Author: B. J. Ray
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781450220118
Release Date: 2010-04-15
Genre: Humor

B.J. Ray is on a hilarious journey with one goal in mind, an interracial marriage. For sixteen years, she has been planning her escape from the South Bronx projects. If she ignores the experiences and opportunities, she may be stuck with project dwelling forever. She encounters the challenge of having to ingest salt tablets and collect rocks in one-hundred-degree weather, a prerequisite for interracial dating. She also attends Hampton share parties where white folks drink out of paper cups, not Welch's grape jelly jars, and a share consists of a cot in the laundry room every fourth weekend. She finds invited guests to your home demand bottled water, request organic wines, organic foods, and really can't tell the difference about most things in life, not to mention water, foods, and wine. One March night, B.J. Ray attends her middle sister's birthday party with her younger sister and they are summoned to pick up the Carvel cake. They don't return until the wee hours of the morning. B.J. Ray meets a man and discovers that he is the key to her becoming a highly successful individual. Porgies Are Best: A Fishmonger's Daughter is a book of vignettes of a young African American, Jewish girl from the projects of the South Bronx, who experiences love, humor, misfortune, compassion, and accomplishment.

The Marriage Ultimatum

Author: Anne Marie Winston
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426882998
Release Date: 2010-11-01
Genre: Fiction

Dr. Derek Mahoney had spent years keeping his libido at bay, but sexy, sultry Kristin Gordon had his cool composure at the breaking point. Once upon a time she'd been content as nanny to his little girl, and now suddenly she was looking for her own happily-ever-after—with him! And yet, what was a man to do when a woman like Kristin flashed a whole lotta leg and batted her long lashes in his direction? Derek took a chance on what felt right! Holding Kristin in his arms and having her in his bed was like an unquenchable thirst. One he might never get tired of trying to satisfy…but was he ready for the marriage ultimatum?

The Perfect Patsy

Author: Edward Cunningham
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781493112722
Release Date: 2013-11-14
Genre: True Crime

Deborah Winger was 31 years old when she was killed in August of 1965. She was a slender, attractive young lady . She was in the process of adopting a three month old baby Her husband of eight years, Mark, had graduated from V.M.I in Nuclear Physics and was working for the Illinois Nuclear Regulatory Agency. All who new them thought they had a perfect marriage. On Sept. 29 at about 4:30, Mark said he heard some noise in the dining area; he ran to that area and saw his wife being bludgeoned to death with a hammer by an intruder. He shot and killed him. The police said it was a justifiable homicide. In 1999 the police reopened the case. In June of 2002, Mark was convicted of the double murder of Donnah and the intruder partially on the testimony of a person with whom Mark Winger had an affair. He was sentenced to two life terms. While in prison he attempted to hire a con to kill this lady and several others including the step-dad. He was convicted of two counts of solicitation of murder and sentenced to two additional terms of thirty- five years in a maximum security prison. This is the story of Mark Winger's arrogance and betrayal and how justice finally caught up with him .

Attempting Normal Enhanced Edition

Author: Marc Maron
Publisher: Random House Group
ISBN: 9780812994551
Release Date: 2013-04-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This enhanced eBook edition contains six specially recorded audio segments in the style of the WTF podcast, with more than thirty-five minutes of brand-new, never-before-heard stories and reflections from Marc Maron.* NATIONAL BESTSELLER Marc Maron is “a master of spinning humor out of anguish” (Bookforum), even when that anguish is pretty clearly self-inflicted. In Attempting Normal, he threads together twenty-five stories from his life and near-death, from his first comedy road trips (with a fugitive junkie comic with a missing tooth) to his love affair with feral animals (his cat rescues are bloody epics) to his surprisingly moving tales of lust, heartbreak, and hope. The stories are united by Maron’s thrilling storytelling style—intensely smart, disarmingly honest, and explosively funny. Together, they add up to a hilarious and moving tale of failing, flailing, and finding a way. Praise for Attempting Normal “I laughed so hard reading this book.”—David Sedaris “Funny . . . surprisingly deep . . . laced with revelatory insights.”—Los Angeles Times “Superb . . . A reason that [it] is a superior example of an overcrowded genre—the comedian memoir—is Mr. Maron’s hardheaded approach to his history, the wisdom of experience.”—The New York Times “Marc Maron is a legend because he is both a great comic and a brilliant mind. Attempting Normal is a deep, hilarious megashot of feeling and truth as only this man can administer.”—Sam Lipsyte Praise for Marc Maron and WTF “The stuff of comedy legend.”—Rolling Stone “Marc Maron is a startlingly honest, compelling, and hilarious comedian-poet. Truly one of the greatest of all time.”—Louis C.K. “I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny.”—David Cross “Revered among his peers . . . raw and unflinchingly honest.”—Entertainment Weekly “Devastatingly funny.”—Los Angeles Times “For a comedy nerd, this show is nirvana.”—Judd Apatow *Audio may not play on all readers. Please check your user manual for details.

Flawbulous

Author: Shana Burton
Publisher: Urban Christian
ISBN: 9781622863440
Release Date: 2014-10-01
Genre: Fiction

There is never a dull moment for Mount Zion Ministries' main ladies, but this time around, the ladies find themselves fighting to stay afloat amid the storm. Charles and Sullivan Webb's happy home life comes crashing down around them after Sullivan is critically injured in a car accident. Charles is faced with having to choose between saving the life of his pregnant wife or that of his unborn child. Lawson Banks had barely gotten used to the idea of being a stepmother to husband Garrett's love child when her teenage son, Namon, informs her that she is about to become a grandmother. Lawson struggled as a teen parent, and she will stop at nothing to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. Angel and Duke King pray that the third time is the charm for their turbulent romance. All seems well until a female employee accuses Duke of attempted sexual assault after an overnight business trip. Given his past, Angel is torn between standing by her man and taking the word of his accuser. After secretly eloping, Reginell and Mark Vinson are basking in wedded bliss, until Reginell is diagnosed with endometriosis. Not only does her subsequent hysterectomy terminate any chance of conceiving a child, but Reginell also suffers unforeseen consequences. After failing to get her own reality show off the ground, Kina manages to secure a lucrative book deal. Her publisher assigns Desdemona Price to be Kina's ghostwriter, and the two become fast friends—until Desdemona starts to insert herself into the lives of Kina's friends and it becomes apparent that she has a hidden agenda of her own. The ladies have always been able to rely on God and each other, but even those things that were once most familiar now seem foreign. For the first time, they begin to question if their friendships are more of a hindrance than a help, and if God is even listening.

The City When It Rains

Author: Thomas H. Cook
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9789049986797
Release Date: 2011-09-06
Genre: Fiction

A photographer struggles to understand a stranger’s suicide There’s nothing special about the woman’s death. It comes over the police radio like any other sad story: a woman found on the sidewalk, killed after plunging from her apartment. But something about the gruesome scene grabs David Corman’s attention. A freelance photographer with a defunct marriage and a career on the skids, he fixates on this mysterious death. Though near starvation, the woman had been buying formula to feed to a baby doll. Before she leapt, she tossed the plastic child out the window. David photographs the dead woman and her pretend child; although he’s jaded, the strange scene stirs his compassion, and he begins researching her past. He’s convinced that his job has shown him the worst the city has to offer. But learning the truth behind this futile suicide will teach David that New York is even uglier than he imagined.

An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 144062979X
Release Date: 2008-08-14
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars Michael L. Printz Honor Book Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Katherine V thought boys were gross Katherine X just wanted to be friends Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail K-19 broke his heart When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

I Just Graduated Now What

Author: Katherine Schwarzenegger
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 9780385347211
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Self-Help

The new go-to book of advice for graduates, with insightful advice from: Eva Longoria “Your degree is just a stepping-stone.” John Legend “It’s not wrong to be afraid.” Bear Grylls “The path less traveled always makes for a more interesting journey.” Andy Cohen “When I got my first job, I felt like a success.” Lauren Bush Lauren “It may take three or four jobs to discover your true career path.” Blake Mycoski “When you are good at something, the money always follows.” And many more . . . Graduation is a time of tough questions whose answers we don’t—and sometimes can’t—know the day we receive our diploma. Determined to power through the uncertainty of post-gradua­tion, bestselling author Katherine Schwarzenegger embarked on a yearlong quest to gather the best guid­ance possible from more than thirty highly success­ful people working in fields like business, media, fashion, technology, sports, and philanthropy. Along the way, Katherine uncovered the essential and often surprising advice they have for graduates, including answers to questions like: • How do I find my first job in a tough economy? • How do I decide between a career that pays well and one that I’m passionate about? • How do I balance work with friends, relationships, and family? • Should I take a “gap year” before starting my first job? • What should I do about my student loan debt? Drawing on the stories and real-life experi­ences of contributors such as Anderson Cooper, Eva Longoria, Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes, Lauren Bush Lauren, Andy Cohen, Meghan McCain, Gayle King, and more, Katherine has written the must-have guide for recent and soon-to-be gradu­ates as they prepare to seek success and fulfillment in their work, relationships, and lives. From the Hardcover edition.

The Opposite of Absolute

Author: Robert Collins
Publisher: Robert Collins
ISBN:
Release Date: 2012-12-03
Genre: Fiction

John Ewert is one of a handful of survivors of a mysterious plague that leaves those survivors with magical powers. One group gathers around a man named Gabe, believing The End Times are at hand. Others follow a woman named Lucy, who tells them they’re going to win the final battle of the haves against the have-nots. John wonders, “Is the apocalypse, or just an incredible simulation?”

Virginity Lost

Author: Laura Carpenter
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814716520
Release Date: 2005-11-01
Genre: Health & Fitness

Includes information on abstinence, abstinence focused sex education, African Americans, Asian Americans, birth control, born again virginity, chastity, coming out, conservative Christians, definitions of virginity loss, double standard, Latinos, Latinas, oral sex, race, ethnicity, rape, religion, secondary virginity, stigma, technical virginity, etc.

A History of the African American People Proposed by Strom Thurmond as told to Percival Everett James Kincaid A Novel

Author: Percival Everett
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 9781617752131
Release Date: 2013-12-20
Genre: Fiction

Praise for Percival Everett: “If Percival Everett isn’t already a household name, it’s because people are more interested in politics than truth.”—Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Washington Square Ensemble “Everett’s talent is multifaceted, sparked by a satiric brilliance that could place him alongside Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison . . .”—Publishers Weekly “I think Percival Everett is a genius. I’ve been a fan since his first novel. He continues to amaze me with each novel—as if he likes making 90-degree turns to see what’s around the corner, and then over the edge . . . He’s a brilliant writer and so damn smart I envy him.”—Terry McMillan, author of Mama A fictitious and satirical chronicle of South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond’s desire to pen a history of African-Americans—his and his aides’ belief being that he has done as much, or more, than any American to shape that history. An epistolary novel, The History follows the letters of loose cannon Congressional office workers, insane interns at a large New York publishing house and disturbed publishing executives, along with homicidal rival editors, kindly family friends, and an aspiring author named Septic. Strom Thurmond appears charming and open, mad and sure of his place in American history. Percival Everett is the author of 15 works of fiction, among them Glyph, Watershed and Frenzy. His most recent novel, Erasure, won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and did little to earn him friends. James Kincaid is an English professor at the University of Southern California and has written seven books in literary theory and cultural studies. These books and Kincaid himself have gradually lost their moorings in the academic world, so there was nothing left for him to do but to adopt the guise of fiction writer. Writing about madness comes easy to him.