We first met Shannon Olson—our semi-fictional heroine—in the witty and engaging Welcome to My Planet. Olson pioneered a daring new genre, a kind of fictional documentary, pulling no punches by using her own name, and engaging readers with her wry and direct style. In Children of God, Shannon is in her mid-thirties and besieged by reminders that her life doesn’t look much at all like the American Dream, nor like her aquarium-stocking, furniture-buying peers. She embarks upon a self-improvement campaign, joining group therapy, blind dating, and trying to convince herself to fall in love with an old college chum. Shannon even gives organized religion a go. With encore performances by Flo (called “one of the great moms of American fiction” by Garrison Keillor), this is the hilarious and poignant tale of a woman making her life happen when it didn’t quite happen for her.
A New Model of Religious Conversion highlights connections between converts' backgrounds and the religions they convert to. It also critiques the prevalent application of network theory and social constructivism to the study of conversion narratives, while making the case for the introduction of biographical sociology to American sociology.
Henry Rollins is an artist whose legendary, no-holds-barred performances encompasses music, acting, and written and spoken word. As Details magazine said when it named Rollins the 1994 Man of the Year: "through two decades of rage and discipline, Henry Rollins has transformed himself from an L.A. punk rocker into a universal soldier. His enemies: slackers and hypocrites. His mission: to steel your soul and rock your world." Rollins was frontman for the seminal punk band Black Flag, and since 1987 has led the Rollins Band, whose ninth album, Come In and Burn, was just released by DreamWorks. As a spoken-word artist, he regularly performs at colleges and theaters worldwide and has released eight spoken-word audiotapes. His album Get in the Van won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for 1995. As an actor, he has appeared in The Chase, Johnny Mnemonic, Heat, and David Lynch's forthcoming film, Lost Highway. From his days as front man for the band Black Flag and the current Rollins Band to his books and spoken-word audiotapes, Henry Rollins is the music, the attitude, and the voice that takes no prisoners. In his twelve books, he has led us on a hallucinatory journey through the decades--and his mind--with poems, essays, short stories, diary entries, and rants that exist at "the frayed edges where reality ends and imagination begins" (Publishers Weekly). For the first time, the best of his legendary, no-holds-barred writings are available. This collection includes new photos and works from such seminal Rollins books as: High Adventure in the Great Outdoors Art to Choke Hearts Bang! Black Coffee Blues Get in the Van Do I Come Here Often? Solipsist Plus never before released stories and more... From the Trade Paperback edition.
A beautifully repackaged two-in-one reissue of Saving Zoe and Faking 19 by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël Secret wishes, hidden heartaches and painful truths. Everyone has them—but some secrets are harder to hide. We usually tell our best friends everything. Our crushes, our embarrassing stories, our secrets—but sometimes there are truths so deep and dark that we can't tell anyone. Not our parents, not our sisters...not even our best friends. Some secrets are so unspeakable that we keep them safely locked away so no one will ever discover them. But what happens when they become more than you can handle alone? In these two magnificent novels, two girls can't tell anyone about the terrible burdens they carry. But as they're about to learn, it's not our secrets that matter most—but those who still love us once they learn the truth.
"Very funny!" - Joel Schubert, Daily Sun ..."Not your average poetry book. It's GOOD!" - Dave Plowman, Arizona Star "This bloke is crazy. Funny." - Edward Jenkins, The English Journals (UK) This book is built from the author's standup comedy, formed into rhyming verses. (Some more offensive than others.) This novelty read is considered to be a unique, yet twisted example of a comic's take and observance on everyday events. Some believe it to be an insight into a standup comedian's mind, while others view it simply as "good bathroom reading material". Either way, COMEDY SICKNESS promises to be a fine and entertaining book to read - also making an unusual addition to any home library as well. Order your copy today!
Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work -- but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, Bowling Alone, which The Economist hailed as "a prodigious achievement." Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans' changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures -- whether they be PTA, church, or political parties -- have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe. Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam's Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do.
"A mysterious illegal immigrant, only known as TWIG, may have the cure to the HIV virus locked in his blood. As information of this revolutionary discovery is leaked, several entities launch a deadly search to find and exploit TWIG's secrets. This medical thriller unfolds as the CIA enlists former agent, Penny Sears, to track down this would-be modern-day miracle. Also, in desperate pursuit is a pharmaceutical giant that will stop at nothing to get this vital information."--P.  of cover.
It is our belief that a student should build a strong foundation in the English language. With 600 varied questions, Conquer Synthesis & Transformation 4 aims to equip students with the basic skill to understand and synthesize information. The exercises are organized thematically such that the use of a connecting word is enforced over a few exercises. An example is provided at the start of each exercise as a guide for students. Revision exercises are included for extra practice. Answers are provided for easy self-assessment. The pages of the book are perforated so that each exercise can be easily detached and used as a worksheet for classroom and/or home learning. In addition, teachers and students can choose the exercises to work on by referring to the user-friendly contents page. As such, the exercises in this book can be used as a resource for enrichment work to complement the textbook. This book will certainly be useful to all students keen on learning to write and communicate more effectively in the language.
SOMETIMES WISHES DO COME TRUE, SHE'D HEARD IT SAID Will Jackson was a control freak and a killjoy. He had been since they were kids. He'd made it his mission to come between Emma Willoughby and her best friend—his little sister—all their lives. But why? Until the day of the accident, Emma had always thought of herself as adventurous, not dangerous…. And then her friend had almost died. She desperately needed to apologize, to try to explain, if she could. Will had managed to keep the two apart while Tracy was in the hospital, but now that she was home in Harmony Valley, the winemaker wannabe had to understand that getting past this was the only way they could heal. And yet even if Tracy was able to, Emma wasn't sure she could forgive herself. And Will had made it abundantly clear: he wouldn't sleep until he'd found retribution.
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