“The most lacerating tale of drug addiction since William S. Burroughs’ Junky.” —The Boston Globe“Again and again, the book delivers recollections that leave the reader winded and unsteady. James Frey’s staggering recovery memoir could well be seen as the final word on the topic.”—San Francisco Chronicle“A brutal, beautifully written memoir.”—The Denver Post“Gripping . . . A great story . . . You can’t help but cheer his victory.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
National best seller and Today show Book Club selection, Broken for You is the story of two women in self-imposed exile whose lives are transformed when their paths intersect. Stephanie Kallos's debut novel is a work of infinite charm, wit and heart. It is also a glorious homage to the beauty of broken things. When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come west to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world. As their tentative friendship evolves, the armor begins to fall away and Margaret opens her house to the younger woman. This launches a series of unanticipated events, leading Margaret to discover a way to redeem her cursed past, and Wanda to learn the true purpose of her cross-country journey. Both funny and heartbreaking, Broken for You is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families and shows how far the tiniest repair jobs can go in righting the world's wrongs.
A group of nine are trapped in the visa office at an Indian Consulate after a massive earthquake in an American city. Two visa officers on the verge of an adulterous affair; Jiang, a Chinese–Indian woman in her last years; her gifted teenage granddaughter Lily; an ex-soldier haunted by guilt; Uma, an Indian–American girl bewildered by her parents’ decision to return to Kolkata after twenty years; Tariq, a young Muslim man angry with the new America; and an enraged and bitter elderly white couple. As they wait to be rescued—or to die—they begin to tell each other stories, each recalling ‘one amazing thing’ in their life, sharing things they have never spoken of before.
Their tales are tragic and life-affirming, revealing what it means to be human and the incredible power of storytelling.
Date...or Soul Mate? How To Know If Someone Is Worth Pursuing In Two Dates Or Less
He feels a strong attraction to her. She wonders if he could be "the one." In the glamorous haze of early romantic attraction it's hard to know whether a relationship will lead to true love-or to a negative or even catastrophic relationship. This book helps men and women who want healthy and satisfying marriages identify the early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship. Dr. Warren shows readers how to hold out for God's best for their lives instead of settling for the first one to come along and outlines the factors that increase the chances for marital success. For those who want to become wiser in their relationship choices, this practical guide will help them find the love they want and avoid the pain they don't need. Revised edition of How to Know If Someone Is Worth Pursuing in Two Dates or Less.
On two remote islands off the coast of Maine, the local lobstermen have fought savagely for generations over the fishing rights to the ocean waters between them. Young Ruth Thomas is born into this feud, the daughter of one of the greediest lobstermen in Maine. Eighteen years old, as smart as a whip, and irredeemably unromantic, Ruth returns home from boarding school determined to throw her education overboard and join the "stern men." As the feud escalates, she helps work the lobster boats, brushes up on her profanity, and eventually falls for Owney Wishnell, a handsome young lobsterman. "Funny, clever and wise" (Seattle Times), STERN MEN captures a feisty American spirit through this unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness despite herself.
For two months prior to the general elections in May 2009 TV reporter Sunetra Choudhary, along with her colleague Naghma Sahar, clambered onto a bus equipped with some Club Class seating, the requisite machinery to beam out live from the remotest parts of India, and a motley crew of cameramen and engineers. Notching up 200 kilometres a day, she and her colleagues travelled through Bharat in search of the elusive Indian voter. Lurching into villages without electricity in UP, to tribal settlements in Jharkand, to Baripada in Orissa and Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu they beamed out a daily show called the Election Express. Part travelogue, part election special, part candid confessions of an inveterate TV camera-time junkie, this book is a delightfully frank account of one woman's understanding of why the country voted as it did; and how obvious it is, once out of the larger cities, that development is the ultimate vote-getter, even in caste-divided regions like Bihar and UP.
The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)
They’re wild, beloved, and all-around fabulous, but with the Sweet Potato Queens, there’re just never enough good times—or enough good eats. Well, now all fabulous women everywhere can have their own mountains of royal fun and food, because bestselling author and Boss Queen Jill Conner Browne is revealing her big-ass top secret recipes—and the events that inspired them—in The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner). And, of course, she’s dishing up plenty of hilarious stories, including:• Queenly adventures in mothering•The tiniest bit of plastic surgery• The all-true story of the Cutest Boy in the WorldAnd, oh yes, as promised:• Sound financial planning. Tip number one: Hope that Daddy lives forever.
What could be sweeter than Revenge? The sequel. American readers fell in love with Elizabeth Buchan?ÇÖs Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman. Now, with the delicious sequel to that beloved New York Times bestseller, Elizabeth Buchan answers the intriguing question: What happens when the mistress becomes the wife? Minty Lloyd has what she always wanted, her prized Nathan and twin boys, but she is haunted by the glamorous new life of her predecessor, Rose. Then an unforeseen event forces the rivals to renegotiate their relationship. With Buchan?ÇÖs signature talents, Wives Behaving Badly is a delightful novel that reaffirms its author as our wisest and warmest revealer of women?ÇÖs intimate lives.
Learn to Manage the Devil Instead of Letting Him Manage You There are all kinds of things that tempt us, hurt us, and confuse us. The devil loves nothing more than using these things to keep us down so he can have the upper hand! Yet God has given us everything we need to keep the devil in his place, beginning with the Word of God. To win over the enemy and live in victory, we must do more than know His Word-we must put it into action! Satan may attack you, but he does not have to defeat you. Bestselling author Joyce Meyer reveals eight proven ways for you to keep the devil under your feet. You'll learn how to: * Remain peaceful through life's storms * Spend transforming time with God * Defeat Satan's attacks with words of life * Receive God's love and let it flow to others * Be aware of your negative thoughts and how you can conquer them. When you put God's Word into action, amazing things will begin to happen. What once led you astray will wither under the power of God's strength, wisdom, and insight at work in your life. Master these eight ways to keep the devil under your feet and you'll experience the countless ways God wants to bless you! When you're standing on the Word of God, Satan has no power over you! A Main Selection of CrossingsR.
Charlotte thought she was fine. After a childhood spent traveling around the world with her eccentric artist mother, she is content to have a quiet life, make herbal remedies, and play video games. But when her mother dies in a bizarre sculpture accident, Charlotte's life is turned upside down. Before she even has time to grasp the reality of her mother's death, her supposedly dead father appears and they are forced to live together to satisfy the terms of her mother's will. Reluctantly living in Soho with a father she has never met before, Charlotte begins to change in unexpected ways, even pursing her hidden desire to take acting class. Will Charlotte survive her mother's legacy, let alone a year with this stranger? Are there enough herbal remedies in the world to save her? InThe Essential Charlotte,author Libby Schmais displays the same warmth, wit, and honesty that created so many fans ofThe Perfect Elizabeth.At its core,The Essential Charlotteis a novel about family and the strange and marvelous ways that it makes you who you are.
A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter.Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the LA Times, gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer ... and for Ben to have the story of his life. All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best and they wont be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise.
The number one bestselling autobiography of Britain's best-loved comedienne
Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career that has spanned nearly three decades. Loved for her irreverant humour, Dawn has achieved massive mainstream success while continuing to push boundaries and challenge stereotypes. Here she describes the journey that would eventually establish her as a perhaps unlikely, but nevertheless genuine, national treasure.
Dawn began her career as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, marking a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls On Top, which teamed Dawn with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman and firmly established women in British comedy.
As part of the wildly successful and much loved duo French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repetoire of brilliantly observed characters, parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn's more recent role in the Vicar of Dibley showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial and topical issue and make it mainstream - and very funny.
From her early years as an RAF child and her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, to her outspoken views on sizism and her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the extraordinary, hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.
Dawn French was born in Wales in 1957. She trained to be a drama teacher at London's Central School of Speech and Drama where she met Jennifer Saunders. Dawn French has numerous television credits to her name, the most notable of which is her role in The Vicar of Dibley. She is married to the comedian Lenny Henry, with whom she has a daughter.
something of a revelation. Beacuse in among the the gags and photos of her bare bosom, there is intellectual rigour and real emotional intelligence ... heavens, she's a funny lady. I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much.,a national treasure ... Loyal, self-deprecating and garrulous, French’s story makes for entertaining reading … this is an original book, and will delight her fans and, indeed anyone with a sense of humour,well written, warm and funny,she writes so well,no-holds-barred,very funny but also very moving,very funny,there are moments here that shine with the genius for observational comedy for which Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders (the Fatty of the title) are famous,Dawn writes (with) tenderness, caring and oodles of charm. Well-paced, it's a reminder of why she has been a staple of the British comedy scene since the early 1980s,Anyone perparing for another dry, identikit celebrity autobiography is going to be delighted by these hilarious memoirs,French can still cut the comic mustard,while much of the book's tone is that of the unassailably jolly Dawn we all expect ... other letters are tear-jerkingly poignant and none more so than those she writes to her late father Denys French,For all her honesty anyone hoping for a light-hearted romp will be delighted ... While her charm shines throughout, the more intense moments stay with you in a way that most celeb autobiographies can only strive for,you'll be captivated by her witty and warm style,Self-depracating yet never self-pitying, irreverent yet never truly cynical, she comes across as a woman genuinely at ease with herself ... French is engaging company, and at her best she writes about heartbreak and elation with such grace that her book is impossible to dislike
When Gudda marries a Hindu, her mother Beatrice, a Christian missionary, disinherits her and wills her house to Gudda's sisters. Shortly after, a new government comes to power in New Delhi and Christians are brutally attacked all over India. Gudda, her marriage crumbling by then and with nowhere to go, returns to take care of her mother. Even as mother and daughter find ways to communicate after years of silence, Gudda's sisters accuse her of trying to usurp the family property. In the midst of chaos Gudda embarks on a journey to the Rajasthan desert, to retrace the route of an ancient warrior race in whose past her own origins lie.
A hilarious and hip novel for every girl who's been desperate to find a way into her dream-man's heartand discovered that love is more finicky than a Chihuahua in a Prada handbag. Yesterday, Liv Elliot had it all: a great flat in London's Notting Hill, an actual career (okay, as an accountant), and a fiance with whom she was only weeks away from wedded bliss. Every girl's dream, right? But then Tim declared that the wedding was offleaving Liv shell-shocked. Luckily, she's got her best friend's fab Australian beach house in which to recuperate. The restorative powers of the Sydney sun, sand, and sea soon have Liv feeling wonderfully careless, wanton, and reckless. Things really couldn't get any more anti-accountant when she runs into old flame Ben Parker. It's been years since they fooled around on their summer vacation, but Liv never forgot that genetically-blessed face. Raring to help her land beautiful Ben, Liv's friends teach her the Rules of Dog Handling: Treat a man like a dog, and he'll be eating out of your hand. But surely this can't actually work? Liv is about to find out that it canbut she's hardly prepared for the unexpected results.
A dazzling debut novel, both comic and dark, about the Victorian obsession with science, inventions and experiments. Two sisters, one in England, the other married-off in India, communicate via coded messages that reveal deep secrets, and lead to adventure . . . with a twist.
A serial killer is terrorising the students of Bologna. Rookie female detective Grazia Negro is determined to solve the case. Only one witness can positively identify the killer - and he's blind. Simone spends his days in solitude, listening to Elvis Costello's Almost Blue and scanning the radio waves of the city to eavesdrop on other people's lives. He likes to imagine what people are like - based on the tone and 'colour' of their voice - and his acute hearing sets alarm bells ringing upon hearing the voice of the killer. The perspective alternates between the vulnerable and reclusive Simone and the dark and psychotic killer, obsessed with continually 'reincarnating' himself as his latest victim in a frantic bid to escape the torture of his inner demons. Lucarelli paints his villain in a brilliant and yet terrifying light and you will have to stop yourself from screaming out to Grazia and Simone to warn them of the looming danger.
Ruby was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in a hotel in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be someone glamorous, swept off her feet by a romantic hero and taken to America. But here she was, stuck in a flat above a pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patricia, aged five, greedy, cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby ... Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the end of the 19th century when a travelling French photographer catches frail, beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty and memorable events of Ruby's own life.
As an undergraduate, Renaissance poetry lecturer Dr Rose Asher spent a year in Tuscany at the villa La Civetta ? once the home of poet, Ginevra de Laura, who, according to local legend, was the infamous 'dark lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets, and the great love of his life.When Rose's most gifted student, Robin Weiss, dies in mysterious circumstances, Rose finds herself reluctantly agreeing to return to La Civetta in an attempt to find answers. The screenplay Robin wrote just before his death controversially suggested that the love affair between Shakespeare and his 'dark lady' was conducted on Italian soil. It has garnered Hollywood interest and much professional rivalry among Rose's academic colleagues ? who are all intent on finding out the truth. But if Robin had indeed discovered proof of Shakespeare's connections to La Civetta, was it really a literary coup worth killing for?
With The Tiger Is Both An Imitation Of And A Tribute To Somerset Maugham'S 1944 Novel, The Razor'S Edge. Maugham'S Characters Americans In Europe Between The Wars Return As Australians In The Late 1970S: The Charismatic Young Larry; His High School Sweetheart Turned High Society Hostess, Isabel; Her Husband, The Real Estate Tycoon Gray Maturin; Isabel'S Uncle, The Incorrigible, Iniquitous Elliot Templeton; And The Narrator, A Gay Playwright Named After Maugham. In This Re-Imagined Fictional Universe, Larry'S Early Life-Changing Experience Occurs Not As An Under-Age Enlistee In The First World War But During A Teenage Backpacking Trip To India, Where He Returns Several Times, To Live In A Fashionable Ashram, A Buddhist Monastery, And With An Enigmatic Saint. The Choices Larry Makes And Their Ramifications For Those Around Him Especially Isabel, Who Continues To Miss His Presence In Her Life Are Played Out Against The Backdrop Of The 1980S And 90S. In Its Exploration Of A Nation'S Social History At A Time Of Great Change (Maugham'S Setting Being The Years Before And After The Great Depression) As Well As In Characterization And Narrative Structure, With The Tiger Takes Its Inspiration From The Master Storyteller, But Its Location In A Different Place And Time Allows For A Fresh Interpretation Of The Westerner'S Experience Of India.
Beautician-turned-country singer Maggie Reid is getting too famous for her own good. Since her endearing if good-for-nothing former husband. "Satellite Dish and Mobile Home King" Vernell Spivey, vanished along with millions, everybodyseems to be interested in the ex-wife he left in the lurch...including some very bad people called "The Redneck Mafia." Drop-dead gorgeous Detective Marshall Weathers and his police cronies want to know what Maggie knows as well, since they have a murder on their hands that has Vernell's name all over it.Maggie knows this much: there are many negative appellations you could pin on old liquor-loving, skirt-chasing Vernell, but "killer" isn't one of them.And though it means courting a mob hit and the extreme attentions of a sturdy bike p.i., the determined d-i-v-o-r-c-e-e is going to find her missing ex and prove him innocent...or die trying!
A funny and original novel about how to really get away from it all! You know life cant be going that well when getting hit by a car is the best thing that happens to you all week. But although not generally considered to be a Good Thing, for Jordan Landeua, desperate to escape her nightmare family, her dead-end job, and most of all her lying, cheating boyfriend, its the perfect opportunity to start over. Coming to in hospital after the accident she decides to fake amnesia and reinvent herself. Its goodbye to Jordan the pushover and hello to the life shes always dreamed of. But then the unthinkable happens and she has to start over for real. Now Jordan must decide what (and who) honestly makes her happy and figure out how best to live a truly memorable life...
At any given point, news is breaking somewhere. The dynamics are fascinating, the lives hectic, the demands never-ending.... But what’s going on inside a TV news channel? When the egos take over and the drive to succeed wipes out all else, identity crises, paranoia and insecurity take their toll. A prematurely aging drama queen, a melodramatic friend and a carefree Casanova ... friendship flies out the window, as events take on a life of their own and their world starts to unravel.
Death, betrayal, conspiracy theories and drama galore…. Broken News is a work of fiction, but stabs at the truth of fractured identities and misplaced priorities in the glittering world of television news.
Derived from the experiences of both an insider and an outsider, the intricate stories of Soulmates chart journeys of love, friendship, despair, daily negotiations and strategies for survival while exploring the physical and spiritual aspects of being transplanted to a foreign country, of living with fluid roots.
Yoking two cultures, the Indian and the Nigerian, they take us into the sphere of symbols and nuances of speech, into a world fraught with seams, viscerally familiar, yet fascinating in its differences.
Speaking in a distinct, meditative voice, and employing the dual vision of the insider–outsider, Kanchana Ugbabe inspires us to remember who we truly are.
"As to intense passion, I am convinced that it is no desirable feeling" Charlotte Bronte, 1840. Shy young scholar Sara Frost's unsuccessful search for the lost love letters of Charlotte Bronte hasn't won her any favours at her university, particularly now the glamorous new Head of Princess Diana Studies has introduced her media-savvy exploits to the staid halls of academia. But it's not until Sara's fiance suddenly leaves her that she begins to question her life's vocation. How can she reconcile the mythology of romance with the harsh reality of modern love? As she tentatively re-enters the dating scene, Sara is to discover that the life and writings of Charlotte Bronte have more to teach her than she could ever have guessed about the perils and pitfalls of the 21st century relationship game.
The #1 national bestseller is now available in this movie tie-in edition just in time for the December release of Miramax Films' highly anticipated sequel to "Bridget Jones's Diary," starring Rene Zellweger and Colin Firth.
When Neki Brar moves to Mumbai to make it as a film-maker in Bollywood, little does she suspect that she will find herself standing on the terrace of her building, a bottle of wine and her diary in hand, plotting how best to jump. A small town girl, Neki has one ambition: to live in Mumbai and make it big as a film-maker. As she comes closer to her dream, she is also faced with a new reality. The make-believe sets of Bollywood, the cramped existence with her three roommates and the battle for power on the sets of her debut film as an assistant director force her to understand the ground rules here if you don t learn the art of survival, the train back home is your only option. Falling in love with the second lead actor, the charming Ranvir Khanna, further complicates her life, along with the realisation that she seems to have a unique ability to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and in the middle of every disaster that happens on the film sets. Battling political games, rivalry, love, betrayal and burning egos of film stars, she discovers the beauty of her own ambition and the ugliness of true love. The stakes are high. The dreams are big. The pressure is tremendous. If unfulfilled dreams keep you alive, can broken dreams push you to end it all?
"Heaven save us from ourselves. And if you can't manage that, I'd settle for saving me from me. Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water, here I am again, drowning for all to see. Not waving, as the troubled swimmer once famously said. I busied myself with any household task I could find . . ." Recently widowed but putting a brave face on it all (thanks to a not insignificant windfall) Helen's only problem, it seems, is the imminent arrival of her fortieth birthday. Not something she can possibly avoid, ignore or sulk about ' not with friends like Leoni and sisters like Julia around . . . And there is much to celebrate. A beautiful new flat, gorgeous hospitable neighbours and a delicious sense of freedom that only money can buy. Until, that is, money becomes the one big fat problem in Helen's life and she becomes part of the unwilling army of the employed. But it is no ordinary job that Helen is qualified for, in fact she is qualified for precious little, which leads to her first ever encounter with 'the boss from hell' . . .
Edited by bestselling author, Paritosh Uttam, this is an anthology of 29 urban tales by 13 young writers. Each of these fresh, vivid and deceptively simple stories focuses on an epiphany. The stories are set with the backdrop of our urban metros with their bright lights, sky rises, glitzy malls, tenements, crowds and the chaos that comes with it. A woman tries to come to terms with loss of a lost baby; two strangers, a young man and a young woman, both with a love for Fyodor Dostoyevsky?s Crime and Punishment board the same aircraft; a woman ponders over giving a second chance to her cheating husband; a young man is in love with his apple pie loving best friend, who is set to marry through an arranged match; a chance meeting between two old lovers after 11 years; the memories of an old woman in love; an illiterate migrant from the village looking for her own kind of liberation; the longing of a married woman for another man; a child and his silent suffering mother and their financially strapped family; a couple once in love, frustrated with each other after getting married; love and relationships in the age of Twitter and fat free gelatos; the morning after for a couple in an adulterous relationship; a man running away from his own life in the city hoping to find salvation; a couple who decide to marry for reasons other than love and many more stories...
Pakistan may be making headlines – but Butterfly is set to conquer the
‘Everyone knows me. All of Lahore, all of Karachi, all of Isloo – oho, baba, Islamabad
– half of Dubai, half of London and all of Khan Market and all the nice, nice bearers in
Imperial Hotel also...No ball, no party, no dinner, no coffee morning, no funeral, no GT
–Get-Together, baba – is complete without me.’
Meet Butterfly, Pakistan’s most lovable, silly, socialite. An avid partygoer, inspired
misspeller, and unwittingly acute observer of Pakistani high society, Butterfly is a woman
like no other. In her world, SMS becomes S & M and people eat ‘three tiara cakes’ while
shunning ‘do number ka maal’. ‘What cheeks!’ as she would say. As her country faces
tribulations – from 9/11 to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto – Butterfly glides through
her world, unfazed, untouched, and stopped short only by the chip in her manicure.
Wicked, irreverent and hugely entertaining, The Diary of a Social Butterfly gives you a
delicious glimpse into the parallel universe of the have-musts.
About the Author
Moni Mohsin is the author of The End of Innocence. She writes a
popular column called ‘Diary of a Social Butterfly’ for Pakistan’s Friday Times, selections
of which make up this, her second book. She grew up in Lahore and now divides her time
between Lahore and London, where she lives with her husband and two children.